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Australia 2011-P Year of the Rabbit Chinese Lunar Zodiac $15 1/10 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof

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This Year of the Rabbit pure gold proof offers a beautiful and eminently affordable way to own .9999 fine gold!

Sold out at the Mint!Those born in a Year of the Rabbit are dedicated and sensitive. Rabbits are usually kind and sweet; this makes them popular people. Nobody ignores them, for they are good company and know how to make the best of themselves. As a friendly and furry little creature, the rabbit is at the top of nearly everyone's "most cute and cuddly" list, an animal made all the more desirable by the Perth Mint's execution in 4 9s pure gold, artistically rendered in a proof finish with cameo frosted devices and mirrored fields. Even better is the price! Leave it to the Perth Mint to make the luxury of a .9999 fine gold proof affordable for everyone!

A cute and cuddly bunny rabbit in a green field takes a moment to eat on some of his favorite edibles, lettuce and/or cabbage.The Year of the Rabbit - Most Cuddly!
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 2011 we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Rabbit (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011) are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. They are sociable, amiable, and artistic, and are often shy, soft-spoken and cautious. They are often noted for their elegance and good taste. Rabbits can be moody, superficial and self-centered, as well.

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

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Even though they are popular and loved by their friends and family, rabbit people can also be pessimistic. They are conservative and insecure, and that explains why most of the them don't like changes. It is not easy to provoke Rabbit people, as they are calm. They don't like to argue and enjoy quiet, peaceful lives. They are also sentimental, compassionate and loyal. One can do much worse than to have a Rabbit as a friend!

This artistically-rendered beauty contains a full one-tenth ounce of four nines (.9999) pure gold. Its weight represents a most popular fractional size of gold - small enough to be economical for any collector, but large enough to contain a significant amount of gold. If all this weren't enough to recommend this golden gem, consider the strict  mintage limit of only 5,000 - tiny by any standards, but all the more so considering its affordability.

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this affordable gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Rabbits in Australia - A Tragedy of Unintended Consequences
A mother bunny rabbit and her two young baby bunnies.Rabbits are not native to Australia - they are an invasive species, first introduced to the Island Continent 150 years ago. One Thomas Austin released 12 wild rabbits onto his property, Barwon Park, near Winchelsea, Victoria, in October 1859 for hunting purposes. He had asked his nephew William Austin to send him 12 gray rabbits, five hares, 72 partridges and some sparrows from England so that he could continue his hobby in Australia by creating a local population of the species. However William could not find enough gray rabbits to meet his uncle's order, so he filled it out by buying domestic rabbits. One theory as to why the Barwon Park rabbits adapted so well to Australia is that the hybrid rabbits that resulted from the interbreeding of the two distinct two types were particularly hardy and virile. At the time Austin had stated, "The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting."

The rabbits proliferated explosively. With mild winters, they were able to breed the entire year. With widespread farming, areas that may have been desert, scrub, or woodlands were instead turned into vast areas with low vegetations, creating ideal habitat for rabbits. In a classic example of unintended consequences, within ten years of the introduction in 1859, rabbits had become so prevalent that two million could be shot or trapped annually without having any noticeable effect on the population. It was the fastest spread ever recorded of any mammal anywhere in the world.

Since their introduction, the effect of rabbits on the ecology of Australia has been devastating. Rabbits are suspected of being the most significant known factor in species loss in Australia. The loss of plant species is unknown at this time. Rabbits often kill young trees in orchards, forests and on properties by ringbarking or girdling them.

Rabbits are also responsible for serious erosion problems as they eat native plants, leaving the topsoil exposed and vulnerable to sheet, gully and wind erosion. The removal of this topsoil is devastating to the land as it takes many hundreds of years to regenerate. Annually, European rabbits cause millions of dollars of damage to crops.

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Rabbit Gold Proof in boxObverse
A cautious and curious bunny rabbit sniffs an overturned pot of his favorite edibles, lettuce and/or cabbage.  The legend YEAR OF THE RABBIT defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Rabbit" appears above, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, near the 9:30 position along the rim.

Reverse
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 1/10 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity. The legends ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, luxury oval-shaped display case, lined with black velvet, featuring a dark metallic-effect base and a light, glossy, timber-effect lid, protected by a full-color outer cardboard box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsPeter Cottontail rabbit hopping bunny jumping.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 15 Dollars
Weight 3.111 g
Diameter 18.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)     2.00 mm
Mintage Limit 5,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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