The Lunar Series II program from the Perth Mint is the most popular Zodiac-themed coin series in the world. Introduced in 2008, it is the second such program of silver and gold coins from the Perth Mint. The 2017 1 oz Colorized Silver Australian Rooster Coin is available to you today online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule.
- Mintage limited to 5,000 colorized coins only!
- Tenth Lunar Series II release.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Reverse includes the all-new Year of the Rooster design.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait.
The 2017 release of the Silver Australian Rooster coin represents the 10th release in the Lunar Series II collection from the Perth Mint. Each new release comes with a separate design from the previous year’s coin. The only repeating elements are the use of Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy on the obverse and the Chinese symbol for a given animal on the reverse.
Lunar Series II is a 12-coin release from the Perth Mint that follows the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Lunar calendar. The animals of the Zodiac appear once every 12 years, and their characteristics and personality traits are said to be passed on to the individuals born under a specific sign.
On the reverse of each 2017 1 oz Colorized Silver Australian Rooster Coin available here you’ll find the image of a rooster, accompanied by a hen and three chicks pecking around for food. Engravings read “Year of the Rooster, the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark, and the Chinese symbol for rooster. Natural colors have been added to the primary design on this face to bring the rooster, chicken, and hens to life visually.
The obverse of the 2017 Year of the Rooster coin features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, this depiction remains on the obverse despite a new portrait available for commonwealth coins. The choice is designed to maintain design continuity throughout Lunar Series II.
All 2017 1 oz Colorized Silver Australian Rooster Coins in this listing are in BU condition. Silver coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear, however, you may notice minor flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the production process at the mint.
The Perth Mint is a state-owned facility of Western Australia. Though it is the nation’s oldest operating mint, founded in 1899, it is not the sovereign mint of Australia. The Currency Act of 1965, which established legal tender status for Perth Mint coins, also marked the founding of the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra as the sovereign mint of the nation.
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