Australia 2008 Year Rat Mouse Lunar Zodiac $1 Oz Pure Silver PROOF in FULL OGP
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Australia 2008 Year Rat Mouse Lunar Zodiac $1 Oz Pure Silver PROOF in FULL OGP ($109.95)

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Celebrate the Year of the Mouse with this FULL PROOF one troy ounce pure silver coin!

This large, impressive coin represents a tremendous value, struck in pure silver! The Perth Mint's Lunar Zodiac Series II coins are huge! At more than 45 mm in diameter, they are nearly 2 inches across! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint's execution of this intriguing animal motif in pure silver, artistically rendered in full proof finish! The fields are deeply mirrored, with the design accented in frosty white cameo relief, further enhancing an already handsome design (which is even nicer looking than the mint-supplied images suggest). Between the large size, the low mintage (only 5,000!), & the beauty of the design and proof finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver dollar!

The Year of the Mouse (or Rat)
Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. here are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month.

In 2008 we celebrate the Year of the Rat (or Mouse). According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Rat are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. They are leaders, pioneers and conquerers, with charisma and passion, as well as being hardworking and practical. Some might call them crafty and thrifty, but they are generous to a fault with relatives.

This is the first annual release in the new Lunar Series II zodiac program!

Obverse

Two mice nest in a bed of straw with pumpkins or gourds in the background. The legend YEAR OF THE MOUSE defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Mouse" is at the top, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed near the 10:30 position along the rim.

Reverse

The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legends ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA and the denomination also appear.

Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, red and black clamshell-style presentation case lined with black velvet & satin and protected by a full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2008
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 45.10 mm (nearly 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   2.60 mm
Mintage Limit 5,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered


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