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Australia 2019-P Year of the Pig - Mother Sow and Piglets Chinese Lunar Zodiac $1 Ultra High Relief Medallic Pure Silver Dollar Proof Piedfort P11

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Celebrate 2019, the Year of the Pig, with this charming vignette of an intelligent, loyal and confident mother sow and her four piglets on this HIGH RELIEF, one troy ounce pure silver dollar with a very low mintage limit!

This unique, impressive coin represents a tremendous value, struck in pure silver! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint's execution of this intriguing animal motif in pure silver, artistically rendered in full proof finish! The fields are deeply mirrored, with the design accented in frosty white cameo relief, further enhancing an already handsome design. Even better, each silver dollar is struck in ultra high, medallic relief on a concave, extra-thick planchet (it is a piedfort) with a proof finish. Between the large size, the low mintage (only 7,500!), and the beauty of the design and high relief, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver dollar! The Perth Mint's high relief silver dollars are always desirable, popular, and highly coveted- don't delay on this ever-popular issue!

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A cute pig smilesThe Year of the Pig
Those born in the years 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019 celebrate the Year of the Pig. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Pig are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. At first glance the personality of the pig might appear unrefined, but scratch the surface and you'll find a heart of gold. Pig people are honest, loyal, sincere and generous, with a calm temperament. A person born in the Year of the Pig is one of the most kind and loyal friends you could ever hope for. You can turn to this friend when things get tough. Eternally helpful, the Pig is an excellent listener and with take up your cause with incredible resolve. Even if you're in the wrong, he won't have the heart to tell you. After all, the peace-loving pig hates a quarrel!


This is the twelfth annual release in the Lunar Zodiac Series II from Australia!

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An Ultra High Relief, Proof Silver Dollar!
Once again, the Perth Mint has done the monkey proud! Each silver dollar is struck in ultra high relief, with a frosted cameo proof finish, and is a piedfort (extra-thick coin), measuring a substantial 6 mm thick!

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What is a Piedfort?
High Relief Piedfort (Extra-thick) Dragon $1 Coin Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

 Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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Obverse
Each coin depicts a domesticated mother sow and her four piglets living the good life on a farm. The legend YEAR OF THE PIG defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Pig" is above the adult, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the right, near the 3:00 position along the rim.


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Reverse
The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 9999 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.


Specifications
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2019
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 32.60 mm (nearly 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit 7,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Aleysha Howarth (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered




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