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Australia 2008-P Year of the Rat / Mouse Chinese Lunar Zodiac $1 1 Ounce Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof

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Celebrate the Year of the Mouse with this one ounce, pure silver dollar!

Sold out at the Mint! This large, impressive coin is a tremendous value, struck in pure silver! The Lunar Zodiac coins are huge, at 45.10 mm in diameter they are nearly 2 inches across! The Perth Mint refers to this as their specimen bullion finish. It's much nicer than an ordinary bullion coin - the mirrored design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background). We would therefore refer to this as a "Reverse Proof" or "Reverse Proof-Like" finish. Between the size and beauty of the finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable pure silver dollar!

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An alert and friendly mouse poses for a photo The Year of the Mouse (or Rat)
Centuries 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 Series II zodiac program! Get these while you can - the first year in a new series always become sought after!

A nest of cute mice 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.

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The reverse 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.
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 300,000
Finish Bullion
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Packaging Encapsulated

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