Australian Dollar Coins - 2007 Year of the Pig Dollar -Lunar Series

December 19, 2009

Unc 2007 Year of the Pig One Dollar -obverse left, reverse right

In 2007 the Royal Australian Mint launched a on going series of NCLT (non-circulating legal tender) one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. Intended as a collectors coin this 2007 $1 marks the birth of a special little one or a birthday gift for others born in the Year of the Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983 or 1995. A dominant trait of those born into the year of the pig is generosity so returning the favour with this coin as a gift was the marketing strategy for the RAM in 2007.

The Year of the Pig one dollar design by Vladimir Gottwald features a pig with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design on the reverse. The coin was issued in a protective capsule housed in an informative card . This card features red and gold design, the traditional colours of good fortune in Chinese culture. The most unusual charcteristic of this issue is that it features "2007 Year of the Pig" on the reverse and states the denomination on the obverse. It is a standard 25mm size, 9 gram, aluminium bronze one dollar coin with the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The legends differ from the normal $1 obverse adding the denomination "1 Dollar" below the portrait.

This year of the Pig one dollar was issued in uncirculated condition for $12.95. It was also issued as a 11.66g silver proof striking for $40. The same design was also issued in a (1/10oz 17.53mm) $10 gold proof coin for $175.

Posted by harrisk at December 19, 2009 11:33 AM
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