The 2017 release in the Lunar Series II program marks the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Perth Mint’s popular program features new annual releases throughout the 12-year cycle of the program and the Zodiac. Today, the 2017 10 oz Silver Australian Rooster Coin is available as a BU specimen on Silver.com.
- Ships in a plastic capsule to protect the coin’s condition.
- Tenth coin in the Lunar Series II program from the Perth Mint.
- Consists of Ten Troy ounces of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Face value of $10 (AUD) is fully backed by Australia’s government.
- Obverse features the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse includes the unique Year of the Rooster design.
There are a total of 12 animals in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, each of which was included in the Zodiac based upon its arrival at a meeting called by the Jade Emperor. The emperor had called the animals of the world to a meeting, but only these 12 arrived.
The placement of each animal in the 12-year cycle was based upon their completion of the Great Race, the contest to arrive at the meeting called by the Jade Emperor. Each animal brings character traits and emotions to those born under their sign, with the Year of the Rooster representing honesty, loyalty, hard work, and a sociable attitude.
On the reverse of the 2017 10 oz Silver Australian Rooster Coin is the image of a rooster, with a hen nearby and three chicks searching for food among the local foliage and flowers. Engravings identify the mint’s mark, the name of the coin issue, and the Chinese symbol for the rooster.
The obverse of all Australian coins includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, this image is the fourth-generation effigy of Her Majesty to appear on Australian coins since her ascension to the throne of England in 1952.
Each 2017 10 oz Silver Australian Rooster Coin in this listing is a BU product. Coins with a Brilliant Uncirculated grade exhibit no signs of wear and tear, but may feature flaws such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the coining process.
Perth Mint is Australia’s oldest operating facility. Originally opened in 1899 as the final of three Royal Mint facilities, it is the last remaining facility from that system. Today, it is owned by the state government of Western Australia and operate autonomously of the federal government’s Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
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