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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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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Sep 032015
 

Get ready for Chinese New Year with the ever popular proof issues from the Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series!


Occupying 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey is said to bestow intelligence, optimism, ambition and adventurousness on the character of people born under its influence.

Celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, the latest proof issues from the annual Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series pay tribute to these cheeky and resourceful animals.

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Buy these gold and silver proof coins while stock last.

Monkey Years

If you were born under the sign of the Monkey in any of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 – then each of these stunning releases would make a wonderful personal keepsake.

Or if you’ll be rejoicing at the birth of a newborn on or after Chinese New Year (8 February 2016), the coins represent a beautiful gift!

Symbolic Designs

In Chinese culture, the peach is symbolic of longevity and immortality. In the gold coin design, the monkey is portrayed contemplating the fruit of a peach tree. In the silver coin design, an adult is sitting with a baby monkey who is holding a peach. The Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the designs.

Weights & Mintage

Adding to the exclusivity of these coins are their extremely limited availability.

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Struck to perfection with flawless, mirror-like tables, there’s little doubt Australian Lunar 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver proof coins will appeal to the monkey in everyone!

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Feb 252015
 

The next Perth ANDA Show takes place on 7 and 8 March at Paterson’s Stadium where The Perth Mint will be offering a 2oz Coloured Edition from its Australian Lunar 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Coin Series at an exclusive Show price.

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Issued as Australian legal tender with a maximum mintage of just 1,000, the Show Special is housed in a display case with a shipper featuring the ANDA logo and the dates of the Perth event.

Attendees will be eligible to purchase the beautifully presented release on The Perth Mint stand for $169, making a visit to this year’s Show especially worthwhile. Orders for the remaining mintage will be taken on The Perth Mint website at the RRP of $179 from 9 March.

For more information about many more attractions at the 2015 Perth ANDA Show, click here to visit the organiser’s official site.

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Jan 062015
 

Happy New Year to coin collectors everywhere. We hope you’re looking forward to 2015 with as much anticipation as we are! This year’s exciting and extensive program features some fantastic new themes; new editions of our established favourites are back for long-term collectors, and we’ll also bring you some outstanding world releases.

January’s line-up looks amazing. One of our favourites is the simply gorgeous Snugglepot and Cuddlepie silver coin release. If you love cats, then this bulletin is definitely not to be missed! Enjoy these and many more as we start another great year for modern Australian collectables.

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