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Australia 2011-P Year of the Rabbit Chinese Lunar Zodiac 4-Coin Dollar Type Set $1 Pure Silver Proof with Color and 24-Karat Gold Plating

Australia 2011-P Year of the Rabbit Chinese Lunar Zodiac 4-Coin Dollar Type Set $1 Pure Silver Proof with Color and 24-Karat Gold Plating

Manufacturer: Australia
SKU: 64502
Price: $599.95
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Collect the COMPLETE Year of the Rabbit in one fell swoop with this low-mintage, pure silver 4-coin type set!

Sold out at the Mint!The Perth Mint has done it again! Large, beautiful coins in a one-shot package, all featuring impressive technology and all struck in pure silver! These coins are huge - at 45.10 mm in diameter they are nearly 2 inches across! What's more, this set comprises the complete Year of the Rabbit issues in 1 ounce silver, featuring all four different finishes! Best of all, the mintage is limited to only 1,500 complete sets worldwide! At our low price, this set represents a tremendous value (and a great investment!). Always sells out - get yours now!

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The four coins of the 2011 Year of the Rabbit Silver Type SetFour Different Coin Types
Each coin presents a different style of finish, for a collection of beautiful and bountiful variety. 

Specimen Bullion Finish - The mirrored design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background). We would refer to this as a "Reverse Proof" or "Reverse Proof-Like" finish.
Proof Finish - The fields are deeply mirrored, with the design accented in varying degrees of frosty white cameo relief.
Gilded Finish - The Gilded coin features a reverse proof finish like the Specimen Bullion coin, but the main elements of the design are highlighted in luxurious, 24-karat gold plating.
Color Finish - Features a reverse proof frosted background, with the main animal completely rendered in gorgeous full color.

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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 Lunar Zodiac Series II from Australia that began in 2008.
The four coin Rabbit Chinese Lunar Zodiac Set in box

Peter Cottontail rabbit hopping bunny jumping. 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 a friend!

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Technology Note - Color
The 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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Technology Note - Gold-Plating
The Perth Mint of Australia has developed a proprietary selective gold plating process that is among the most advanced in the world, resulting not only in aesthetic beauty but also technical precision. This proof-like silver dollar features selective gold plating on the obverse, dramatically highlighting the animals in pure gold!

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The four coin Rabbit Chinese Lunar Zodiac Set outer box

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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.

A cute and cuddly bunny rabbit in a green field takes a moment to look around. 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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Obverse
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, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, near the 9:30 position along the rim.

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Reverse
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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Packaging
The coins are encapsulated inside an elegant, oversize luxury presentation case with a solid wood lid (done in the style of red Chinese lacquer), lined with black velvet 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 2011
   
Face Value 4 Dollars (4 x One Dollar)
Weight 124.54 g (4 x 31.135 g)
Diameter 45.10 mm (nearly 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   2.60 mm
Mintage Limit    1,500 sets
   
Finish Reverse Proof (Specimen Bullion),
Proof, Gilded, Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered


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