Australian Dollar Coins 2011 Year of the Rabbit Dollar Lunar Series

November 21, 2010

2011 Unc Year of the Rabbit

In 2011 the Royal Australian Mint continues with the 5th in an ongoing series of NCLT (non-circulating legal tender) one dollar coins depicting each lunar year and their representative animals. The series has previously seen the coin feature a tiger in 2010, an ox in 2009, a rat in 2008 and a pig in 2007. Intended as a collectors coin this 2011 $1 marks the birth of a loved one or a birthday gift for those born in the year of the rabbit. Those born in 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939 or 1927 were also born into the year of the rabbit. Dominant traits of those born into the year of the rabbit is affection, conservativeness and a head for business. The Chinese believe that each zodiac animal has a profound influence on the personality and destiny of each person born into that zodiac year.

The Year of the Rabbit one dollar design by Vladimir Gottwald features a Rabbit with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design on the reverse. It also features Gottwald's initial as the designer of the reverse. The coin is issued in a protective capsule housed in an informative card. This card features a red and gold design, the traditional colours of good fortune in Chinese culture. The coin features "2011 Year of the Rabbit" on the reverse and, different to other standard dollar issues, states the denomination "1 Dollar" on the obverse below the portrait. It is the standard 25mm size, 9 gram, aluminium bronze one dollar coin with the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

This year of the Rabbit one dollar is issued in uncirculated condition for $12.95. The design is also issued also in 99.9% silver proof (11.66g) for $45 with a mintage of 10,000 and (1/10oz 17.53mm) $10 gold proof coin for $265 with a capped mintage of 2,500.

Posted by harrisk at November 21, 2010 8:52 AM
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