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

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Celebrate the Year of the Mouse with this large yet affordable one ounce, pure silver dollar, brilliantly enhanced with full color!

Sold out at the Mint!This large, impressive coin represents a tremendous value, struck in pure silver! The Perth Mint's Lunar Zodiac Series II coins are huge! At more than 45 mm in diameter, they are nearly 2 inches across! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint's execution of this intriguing animal motif in pure silver, artistically rendered in an unique, reverse proof finish with striking, vibrant hues! The full color design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background), further enhancing an already handsome design. Between the large size, the low mintage (only 3,800 in the mint's presentation packaging) & the beauty of the design, color and 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. here 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 (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008) 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!

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Technology Note
A nest of cute miceThe 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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Obverse
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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Australia 2008-P Year of the Mouse Chinese Lunar Zodiac $1 Pure Silver Color Dollar in box
Reverse
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 legend ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, red and black presentation case lined with black velvet & satin 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 One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 45.60 mm (nearly 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   2.60 mm
Mintage Limit 3,800 in Mint presentation packaging
   
Finish Reverse Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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