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Australia 2008-P Year of the Rat / Mouse Chinese Lunar Zodiac 4-Coin Dollar Type Set Typeset $1 Pure Silver Proof with Color and 24-Karat Gold Plating

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Collect the COMPLETE Year of the Mouse in one fell swoop with this low-mintage, pure silver 4-coin type set!

Sold out at the Mint!The Perth Mint has done it again! Large, beautiful coins in a one-shot package, all featuring impressive technology and all struck in pure silver! These coins are huge - at 45.10 mm in diameter they are nearly 2 inches across! What's more, this set comprises the complete Year of the Rat (or Mouse) issues in 1 ounce silver, featuring all four different finishes! Best of all, the mintage is limited to only 1,500 complete sets worldwide. At our low price, this set represents a tremendous value (and a great investment!). Get these while you can - the first year in a new series always become sought after!

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The four coins of the 2008 Year of the Mouse Silver Type SetFour Different Coin Types
Each coin presents a different style of finish, for a collection of beautiful and bountiful variety. 

• Specimen Bullion Finish - The mirrored design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background). We would refer to this as a "Reverse Proof" or "Reverse Proof-Like" finish.
• Proof Finish - The fields are deeply mirrored, with the design accented in varying degrees of frosty white cameo relief.
• Gilded Finish - The Gilded coin features a reverse proof finish like the Specimen Bullion coin, but the main elements of the design are highlighted in luxurious, 24-karat gold plating.
• Color - Features a reverse proof frosted background, with the design completely rendered in gorgeous full color.

Please note, the mint images of this beautiful 4-coin set do not do the individual coins justice. For the proof coin, the fields are deeply mirrored and the relief devices are white-frosted cameos. For the color coin, the hues and shades of the animal vignette are incredible!

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The Year of the Mouse (or Rat)
A nest of cute miceCenturies ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There 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 Zodiac Series II from Australia! Get these while you can - the first year in a new series always become sought after!

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The four coin Zodiac Set in box

Technology Note - Color
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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An alert and friendly mouse poses for a photo Technology Note - Gold-Plating
The Perth Mint of Australia has developed a proprietary selective gold plating process that is among the most advanced in the world, resulting not only in aesthetic beauty but also technical precision. This proof-like silver dollar features selective gold plating on the obverse, dramatically highlighting the animals in pure gold!

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Obverse
Two mice nest in a bed of straw with pumpkins 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.

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Reverse
The reverse of all four coins features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, 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.

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Packaging
The coins are encapsulated inside an elegant, oversize luxury presentation case with a solid wood lid (done in the style of red Chinese lacquer), lined with black velvet and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2008
   
Face Value 4 Dollars (4 x One Dollar)
Weight 124.54 g (4 x 31.135 g)
Diameter 45.10 mm (nearly 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   2.60 mm
Mintage Limit    1,500 sets
   
Finish Reverse Proof (Specimen Bullion),
Proof, Gilded, Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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