This is a two ounce silver lunar coin from the Perth Mint in Australia. It celebrates the Chinese Year of the Rooster. This is sold as an investment product.
The Australian Year of the Rooster coins were released on 8th September, 2016and we received our allocation on 20th September.
The Chinese Year of the Rooster officially starts on 28th January, 2017, and it's the Chinese year 4715. The lunar cycle consists of 12 animals. The rooster is the 10th in the series. Those born during the Year of the Rooster are said to be hardworking, thoughtful, observant, confident and honest.
The two ounce coins do not have a set mintage figure. The Perth Mint will produce the coins throughout the year and release the mintage figures once they start producing the 2018 coins.
Each of the coins comes in a capsule and is made to the standards that we have come to expect from the Perth Mint bullion coins.
The obverse of the coin shows the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the same design as used on the previous coins in the series.
The reverse features a rooster, guarding a hen and three chicks. It was designed by the artist, Tom Baughan. The Chinese symbol for rooster, and the 'P' for Perth Mint are also displayed.