coin represents a tremendous value, struck in pure
The Perth Mint's Lunar Zodiac Series II coins are huge! At more than 45
mm in diameter, they are
inches across! This beauty is made all the more desirable by
the Mint's execution of this intriguing animal
silver! The Perth Mint refers to this as their specimen finish. It's
much nicer than an ordinary 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
you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver
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the Rabbit - Most Cuddly!
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.
The rabbit is not the strongest animal in a physical sense of the
twelve Chinese zodiacal
signs; they 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. 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
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Rabbits in Australia - A
Tragedy of Unintended Consequences
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 types were particularly hardy and virile. At
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
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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A nurturing mother rabbit keeps an eye on her young baby bunny while
both shelter beneath overhanging foliage. The
legend YEAR OF THE RABBIT
defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Rabbit" is to the right,
the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, near
the 9:30 position along the rim.
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
legend ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.
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