Australian Lunar Series III 2023 Year of the Rabbit 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

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Meticulously crafted from 1/2oz of pure gold in flawless proof quality, this coin from the Australian Lunar Series is a stunning acquisition or gift for anyone born under the Chinese lunar sign of the rabbit.

Key features:

  • Proof quality 99.99% pure silver
  • Fourth design from Australian Lunar Series III
  • Australian legal tender
Issue Limit 4,000
SKU 3S2316EAAA

Story

A new Lunar year

First issued in 1996 and now in its third round, the long-running Australian Lunar Coin Series portrays the 12 animals of the ancient lunar zodiac. Annual designs featuring the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig are depicted in sequence according to the position they finished in the emperor’s Great Race. In fourth position was the rabbit, which is said to bestow intelligence, creativity, vigilance, and compassion on those born under its influence in 2023 and every 12th preceding year.

Year of the Rabbit design

The coin portrays 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.

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Presentation packaging

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.

 

About the series

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. 

Variations

All sizes available

Specifications

Specifications

Year 2023
Metal Silver
Silver Content (Troy oz) 0.500
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 0.50
Fineness (% purity) 99.99
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 15.553
Maximum Diameter (mm) 32.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 2.90
Maximum Mintage 5,000
Finish Proof
Legal Tender Australia
Effigy Jody Clark design of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
Designer Ing Ing Jong

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