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Australia 2009-P Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar Zodiac $1 1 Ounce Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof

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Celebrate the Year of the Ox 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 ox and her calf grazing contentedlyThe Year of the Ox
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 2009 we celebrate the Year of the Ox. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Ox are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. While everyone knows the saying "strong as an ox", the personality traits go much deeper than that. Ox personalities are tenacious, dependable, confident, patient, enduring, quiet, and systematic, with a kind, caring nature that enjoys helping others. They can be averse to risk, wary of new things, and stubborn at times.

This is the second annual release in the new Lunar Series II zodiac program that began in 2008.


Obverse
An ox surveys the land A mother cow (a female ox) and her calf present a scene of supreme tranquility, standing in a field of grass with hills in the background.  The legend YEAR OF THE OX defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Ox" is at the top, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, near the 8:30 position along the rim.

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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 legends ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA and the denomination also appear.

Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
   
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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