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Australia 2009-P Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar Zodiac 50 Cents 1/2 Ounce Pure Silver Half Dollar Reverse Proof with Color in Box

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Celebrate the Year of the Ox with this large yet affordable and colorful half ounce, pure silver coin!

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 nearly 37 mm in diameter, they are the same size across as a United States silver dollar! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint's execution of this intriguing animal motif in pure silver, artistically rendered in 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 beauty of the design, color and finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver gem!

Availability Note - We have managed to acquire a few of these full color, hard to find, yet affordable, silver oxen (sold out at the Mint and struck exclusively with color for the Asian market). Get them while you can!

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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.

Technology Note
Australia 2009-P Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar Zodiac Pure 50 Cents in boxThe 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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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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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 1/2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend ELIZABETH II and the denomination also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by an outer sleeve.

SpecificationsAn ox surveys the land
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 15.573 g
Diameter 36.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   2.30 mm
Finish Reverse Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)

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