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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Dec 022016
 

The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese mythology. Unlike its evil, treacherous European counterpart, however, the Oriental dragon is wise and benevolent, a symbol of nobility and good fortune.

According to powerful Chinese legends, these auspicious creatures were present at the dawn of creation where they supported and encouraged humanity to survive and flourish. Strongly associated with water and also the ability to influence rain, they were valuable in helping mankind learn to fish and farm.

As a living embodiment of a dragon’s wisdom, generosity and compassion, the Emperor of China was seen as a son of a dragon by his subjects. Owing their very existence to dragons, the Chinese people also regarded themselves as descendants of these munificent beings, and over time came together under a common banner of the dragon.

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The Perth Mint has released a new silver collectable for Chinese dragon enthusiasts in time for New Year.

The significance of dragons has been reflected for thousands of years in many aspects of Chinese cultural life.

Decorative depictions of serpentine-shaped dragons date back to the Neolithic period. China’s iconic Forbidden City, constructed in the 1400s, teems with architectural ornamentation representing dragons.

Today, many cultural traditions displaying Chinese people’s respect and admiration for the dragon are widely appreciated worldwide.

In the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, for example, the dragon is regarded as the most propitious of all zodiac signs. Dragon boat racing, thought to have originated more than 2,500 years ago in Southern China, is a popular sporting pastime. Believed to have brought good luck to citizens since the Han Dynasty, the colourful dragon dance is another palpable demonstration of dragon culture that can be witnessed on every continent.

2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin

A stunning new opportunity for collectors of dragon themed coins, this 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin has been released in time for Chinese New Year, which falls on 28 January in 2017.

Its superb design portrays a traditional elongated, snake-like Chinese dragon curled around a bright red paper lantern. The reverse also incorporates the Mandarin characters for ‘Happy New Year’.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be made available, each housed in a clear latex display case with a black frame accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The case is wrapped in a vividly coloured shipper featuring a dragon in high-gloss printing which doubles as the perfect gift-box.

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Nov 302016
 

Exquisite attention to design detail is the hallmark of the annual Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set, which now celebrates the Year of the Rooster.

Stunning colour depictions of the rooster on these coins are supported by intricate arrays of motifs aligned with the popular Chinese cultural themes of ‘wealth’ and ‘wisdom’.


Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom 2017 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set

Wealth

Standing on top of a horde of coins, the brown and blue ‘wealth’ rooster is surrounded by representations of warriors from the famous Terracotta Army.

China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb surrounded by worldly treasures intended to ensure his place in the next world. In preparation, the Emperor commissioned an extraordinary army of model warriors, most standing over six feet tall, to guard over an extensive trove of gold, jewellery and other symbols of his wealth and power.

Wisdom

The white and blue ‘wisdom’ rooster is portrayed upon Chinese scholar’s rocks – from which intellectuals were said to draw inspiration and insights. Especially prized were stones weathered by natural processes, such as those sculpted by rivers and streams, which are symbolised through the design’s water garden setting.

Woven into the background is a pine tree, an auspicious Chinese motif representing longevity, determination, and in this case, the wisdom associated with age.

Extremely limited offering

With each coin struck from from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this absorbing set is a perfect keepsake for anyone born under the influence of the lunar rooster in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

Affording its owners with a precious and extremely rare memento, no more than 1,500 of these sets will be released.

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Nov 182016
 

Even though they’ve been one of our closest animal companions for thousands of years, cats have never entirely shed the impulses of their wild ancestors. Frequently aloof and self-sufficient, they’re powerless to suppress their primal instincts to hunt and kill.

And yet, in any affectionate feline encounter, who can withstand the urge to stroke a cat’s velvety fur? The desire among humans to embrace this contrary creature is virtually irresistible – especially when it’s a cute, playful little kitten!
cubs-x5coinsPortraying the offspring of a tiger, jaguar, snow leopard, white lion, and lynx, The Cubs series of coins is inspired by our deep-seated emotional response to cats and their young.

High-spirited and boisterous, the antics of these cubs are just as appealing as their domesticated cousins. But destined to be dedicated hunters in their own wild domains, each one epitomizes the untamable essence of every suburban moggy.

All five Cubs coins available now! Click here for full details.

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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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