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2008 Australia Lunar Mouse 1 oz Silver Coin

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The inaugural coin in the Lunar Series I program from the Perth Mint of Australia marked its debut in 1996 with the Silver Lunar Rat coin. As the initial animal in the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac, the rat kicked off two distinct lunar collections from the esteemed Perth Mint. The specimens available here represent the second Year of the Rat coin in the Lunar Series I program. Secure your 2008 1 oz Silver Year of the Mouse Coin available for purchase online from Provident Metals.

Highlights:

  • Coins come in protective plastic capsules!
  • 1st Silver Year of the Rat issue in the Lunar Series 1 series!
  • Limited mintage of only 59,623 coins!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver.
  • Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by Australia.
  • Obverse displays Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Reverse shows a pair of rats in straw near pumpkins.

Every 2008 1 oz Silver Year of the Mouse Coin will be securely encased in a protective plastic capsule to maintain its condition. These coins are part of the Lunar Series I and depict the second distinctive image of a rat.

Obverse

On the obverse side of the 2008 1 oz Year of the Mouse Coin is a right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This portrayal, the fourth-generation design from Royal Mint of England coins, was crafted by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998. It’s the fifth image of the Queen to grace Australian coinage, depicting her adorned with a more understated crown than previous designs. Inscriptions read ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 1 DOLLAR, 2008, IRB, and 1 OZ 999 SILVER.

Reverse

The reverse of the 2008 Silver Year of the Mouse Coin features the depiction of two rats amidst straw, with two pumpkins visible in the background. The rat leads the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac as it was the first to arrive at a meeting convened by the Jade Emperor at the Heavenly Gates. Thanks to the Oxs assistance, offering a ride in its ear, the rat managed to overcome a swift river. As they neared the Heavenly Gates, the rat leaped from the Ox, landing foremost at the Emperors feet. Inscriptions include 2008, and 1 OZ 999 SILVER.

History

The Perth Mint proudly introduced one of the most sought-after Lunar Series coin collections. The Lunar Series I collection, running from 1996 to 2007, commenced with the Year of the Rat design, aligning precisely with the 12-year cycle of the Lunar Calendar. It initiated with the Year of the Rat and concluded with the Year of the Pig. Subsequently, the Lunar Series II began with a 2008 Australian Silver Lunar Rat coin, signifying the transition from the Lunar Series I program to the introduction of the second collection.

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Ready to secure a piece of this Lunar Series I legacy? Call Provident Metals now at 1-800-313-3315 for any inquiries. Engage with us via online chat or email for further assistance.

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Product Details

Condition Uncirculated
Denomination $1.00
Provident ID 2557648