1 oz 2023 Australian Lunar Series III: Year of the Rabbit Colourized Proof Silver Coin | Perth Mint
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Vivid colour on this 1oz silver proof collectable adds further to its appeal for anyone celebrating their birth in the Year of the Rabbit.
- Proof quality 99.99% pure silver
- Meticulous colour treatment
- Australian legal tender
- Mintage of 7500
According to tradition, the emperor commanded a great race to decide which animals would appear in the lunar zodiac. To complete the course, each one had to cross a fast-flowing river. The nimble rabbit used stepping stones before floating on a log to reach the opposite bank in fourth place.
Those born under the sign of the lunar rabbit in 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975 and every 12th preceding year, are said to be intelligent, creative, vigilant and compassionate.
The coin portrays a coloured representation of an alert rabbit with its ears erect and another rabbit stretching towards a budding branch. Included in the design is the Chinese character for ‘rabbit’, the inscription ‘RABBIT 2023’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity, the coin comes in classic display case featuring a clear magnetic lid adorned with a geometric design. The case is housed in an illustrated shipper portraying the final stage of the race, during which the rabbit called upon its resourcefulness to successfully cross a river.
Each shipper in the series can be arrayed together to form a diorama depicting the exploits of all 12 auspicious animals.
AUSTRALIAN LUNAR SERIES III
Each Australian lunar series from The Perth Mint is based on the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Coin collectors are besotted with each annual release, hence the longevity of the 12-year series.
Established in 1996, The Perth Mint was the first to release an Australian lunar coin program. Due to its success, it is now in its third series.
Made with the fine gold, silver and platinum in combination with intricate craftsmanship, these Australian lunar collector coins explore the ancient tradition and mythical folklore of the Chinese Great Race.
ABOUT THE PERTH MINT
The Perth Mint opened in 1899 as the British Royal Mint’s 3rd branch in Australia. The historical Hay Street location handled gold refining until moving to a modern facility in April 1990. Ownership of the mint was transferred to the Government of Western Australia in July of 1970. Under an agreement with the Commonwealth Treasury, they were empowered to mint and market gold, silver, and platinum as Australian legal tender to investors and collectors worldwide. Today, they are amongst the elite world mints whose pure gold, silver, and platinum items are trusted without question. Items such as the Australian Nugget, Silver Coin Series (Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala, and Platypus to name a few), as well as the Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin Series are extensively sought after by bullion investors worldwide.
|Ing Ing Jong (reverse), Jody Clark (obverse)
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