Dec 062016
 

Buddha and the 12 lunar animals

The ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar, which dates back beyond 2600BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to a popular version of its founding legend, Buddha called on every animal to attend on him prior to departing to the next life. Only 12 animals arrived to honour the sage and in recognition of their allegiance he rewarded each one with a place in the famous lunar zodiac.

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In some versions of the story, Buddha asked the animals to race across a river. Not the greatest swimmer, the rooster finished in the antepenultimate position (third last). For this reason, the rooster is the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac after the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat and monkey – but ahead of the dog and the pig.

The influence of the lunar rooster

rooste_2107Each animal is said to have a profound impact on the personality of those born under its influence. As a result, if your year of birth is 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017, your lunar animal is the rooster. Highly motivated, hardworking and multi-talented, ‘roosters’ are regarded as talkative, rather social, and enjoy being in a group setting or crowd. It’s believed their creative and artistic powers often make them great performers.

Famous entertainers born in the Year of the Rooster include Beyoncé Knowles (1981), Steffi Graf (1969), Goldie Hawn (1945), Eric Clapton (1945), and Groucho Marx (1890).

Celebrating Lunar Chinese New Year

redenvelope-with-coinsThe beginning of the new lunar year is celebrated by Chinese and many other people worldwide. In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on 28 January, when the rooster officially begins its new reign. It’s also the beginning of the Spring Festival, an extended public holiday in China which sees families come together, enjoy special feasts, and exchange many gifts – including red envelopes containing coins.

Year of the rooster gold and silver coins

The Perth Mint produced the world’s first major precious metal coin program to draw inspiration from these age-old customs.

Commencing in 1996, the Australian Lunar Series I established the coins’ reputation internationally for superb quality and design. Introduced in 2008, Series II continues in the same vein, providing buyers with an outstanding range of collectables and gifts.

With our 117 year reputation for minting excellence, we bring supreme skills to the meticulous production of the Lunar series in flawless proof quality, stunning high relief, delicately gilded and gorgeously coloured coins struck from 99.99% pure gold and silver.

Scrupulously complying with strict limited mintages and housed in prestigious display packaging, our Australian Lunar coins provide rare and exclusive opportunities to celebrate your personal, family and friends’ association with the lunar zodiac.

Coin Guide: Australian Lunar – 2017  Year of the Rooster

silverproofroostercoin 1 kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
 goldproofroostercoin 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
 colouredsilverroostercoin 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Edition
 colouredgoldroostercoin 1oz Gold Proof Coloured Edition
gildedroostercoin 1oz Silver Gilded Edition
silverroostertypeset 1oz Silver Typeset
silverrooster1ozhrcoin 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
 goldrooster1ozhrcoin 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
gemstonerooster_january-release 1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition (with golden citrine insert)

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Previous releases

The last few Australian Lunar collector coins celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, 2015 Year of the Goat, 2014 Year of the Horse, 2013 Year of the Snake, 2012 Year of the Dragon, and 2009 Year of the Ox are available here.

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Nov 112016
 

To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate?

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which to remember the fallen.

Born in St Kilda, Melbourne, Honey was an Australian journalist who worked in Fleet Street after World War I. In May 1919, he wrote to the London Evening News appealing for a five-minute silence to mark the first anniversary of the Armistice.

A few months later, Sir James Percy FitzPatrick suggested to the British Cabinet a complete suspension of normal activity for two minutes during which everyone could focus on reverent remembrance.

King George V responded to Sir James’ call by asking countries of the British Empire “to stand still in solemn remembrance of the dead, who died that the world might be free.”

Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day in 1946 to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. The custom of a short silence remains integral to Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth, and in Australia on ANZAC Day.

Honey is recognized in Australia as the originator of the idea on a memorial plaque in central Melbourne, which records “Edward George Honey… A Melbourne journalist who, while living in London, first suggested the solemn ceremony of silence, now observed in all British countries in remembrance of those who died in war”.

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Australian War Memorial TM & © 2016

The emblem and logo of the Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) are owned by the RSL and may only be used with the written consent of the RSL.

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Oct 232016
 

Disney’s fourth animated feature, Dumbo, was released 75 years ago on this day in 1941. The loveable baby circus elephant was ridiculed for his enormous ears – but assisted by true friend Timothy, the tiny mouse, Dumbo eventually discovered he could use them to fly!

Celebrating the ever young elephant’s landmark anniversary, these superbly-crafted pure gold and silver coins would make nostalgic keepsakes for those who remember Dumbo when he first appeared, and exciting collectables for all modern-day Disney fans!

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Housed in Disney-themed presentation packaging, no more than 1,000 gold coins and 10,000 silver coins will be released.

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Oct 042016
 

This October we have some bewitching new releases sure to enchant a broad range of collectors.

The rooster is vividly portrayed on the new proof coloured coins from the 2017 Australian Lunar program.

The tenth animal from the Chinese zodiac also appears with a proof, bullion, gilded and coloured finish on the four silver coins in this year’s stunning Lunar typeset.

Continuing with Chinese mythological themes, the silver proof Koi Fish Jumps the Dragon Gate coin celebrates a popular story in Chinese culture.

And an amazingly innovative creation, our special Yin Yang silver coin incorporates a rotating charm featuring the famous Eastern symbol representing balance and harmony.

Our latest Wedge-tailed Eagle coin is made from platinum, a precious metal much rarer than either gold or silver.

The iconic Australian Koala now comes as a magnificent high relief coin made from 5oz of pure silver.

Fans of our Australian Map Shaped Coin Series will be delighted to know it’s the dingo’s turn to be featured on these uniquely-shaped releases.

On the pop culture front there’s great news for followers of Star Wars now that we’re stocking a silver coin depicting R2 D2.

Meanwhile, another dramatic coin from our Star Trek series re-unites your favourites characters from the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

And finally, if your thoughts are already turning to Christmas, this year’s star-shaped coin which doubles as a hanging decoration portrays classic motifs of the festive season – a candle and holly.

See these and other great coins and gifts in the electronic bulletin:

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Sep 212016
 

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Released in 1935, The Band Concert was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon made in colour. During the highly acclaimed Disney short, the hero and his band are determined to complete their rendition of The William Tell Overture despite numerous distractions, including an unwelcome flute accompaniment played by none other than Donald Duck!

The Mickey Through the Ages coin collection celebrates Disney’s original, much-loved character during his hugely successful cartoon career. The first release, comprising a 1oz silver proof coin and a 1/4oz gold companion, portrays Mickey from a 1930s promotional poster for The Band Concert.

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Sep 072016
 

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017, we’re delighted to unveil the new designs for the world’s longest running Proof Lunar coin series.

These releases celebrate the 10th animal revered in the ancient Lunar calendar – the rooster. According to ancient Chinese mythology, people born under the influence of the rooster are regarded as hardworking, loyal, honest, and sociable. The rooster is also seen as a perfectionist.

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Struck from 99.99% pure gold and, for the first time in its history, 99.99% pure silver, these Australian Lunar coins are presented with an exquisite proof quality finish – their mirror-like reflectivity and delicately frosted motifs a testament to the supreme skill of our minters since the first issue in 1996.

Featuring superbly-styled portrayals of the rooster in his domain, the extremely limited coins are sumptuous collectables and superb gifts that any recipient would be keen to crow over!

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