The Year of the Rooster has arrived on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and the Perth Mint continues its celebration of Zodiac-themed coins with the release of its 2017 lineup of Lunar Series II coins. As with other recent years, you’ll find both silver and gold coins available as proof or bullion specimens. You can now purchase the 2017 1 oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster Coin High Relief striking online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a Perth Mint black clamshell and themed box.
- Part of Lunar Series II’s 10th
- Mintage limited to 7,500 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by Australia.
- Obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse includes the Year of the Rooster design.
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 schedule from the Perth Mint that follows the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, with each new release matching the animal featured that year on the Zodiac.
On the reverse of the Proof Silver Australian Rooster coin you’ll find the Year of the Rooster design. This silver-exclusive design includes the image of one rooster, featured standing on one leg. There is also a hen and a group of three chicks looking for food on the ground.
The obverse of all 2017 1 oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster Coins includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This depiction of the Queen was created by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998 and features the fourth-generation image of Her Majesty.
These 2017 1 oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster Coins are struck on concave, high-relief blanks. The coining process for high relief proofs often includes multiple strikings of the same blank under high pressure to ensure a brilliant, 3D finish to the coin’s design.
The Perth Mint is the state-owned entity of Western Australia. The state gained control of the mint in the 1970s when the British Royal Mint relinquished control. Today it is the only mint operating in the nation aside from the federal government’s sovereign Royal Australia Mint.
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