1 oz Australian Lunar Silver Year of the Pig 2019
This product is sold at a special price from 23.11.2018 until 31.12.2018. It’s a perfect Christmas gift for family, friends and those you care about!
As a long-term partner of the Perth Mint, Tavex is pleased to offer one of world’s finest minted silver bullion coins, the 2019 Australian Lunar Year of the Pig. The silver coin is part of Perth Mint’s praised chronological silver bullion collection, the Australian Lunar Series II, where each coin in the series is only minted once every twelve years in accordance with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.
The Year of the Pig silver coin contains 99.99% pure silver and is produced with a special minting technique that ensures the coin is in proof-like condition, meaning it has exceptionally shiny and mat surfaces coupled with the richest of detail. This bullion coin is truly a piece of breathtaking silver art suitable for collectors with an eye for beauty and those who wish to give their loved ones something really memorable and special.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins are money. The Silver Lunar Series was introduced for the first time in 1999 and every silver coin in the series, including the Year of the Pig, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the pig are generally perceived to possess flawless taste and manners, and have a passion for all the fine things in life.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins are great gifts for your loved ones. Give a tribute to the ones you appreciate by marking their virtues and year of birth in pure .9999 fine silver, a gift that will stay with them forever.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins are made in proof condition. Minted with such high quality, brilliance and rich detail, it becomes hard not to call it “my precious”.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the pig that varies every 12th year, its maximum mintage limit, and its quality, purity and legal tender status mean that the coin has a considerable premium over its melt value in the secondary market.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins are internationally recognised. By being part of the Australian Silver Lunar Series which has been in continuous production for 15 years, and by portraying motifs of the famous Chinese zodiac and the effigy of the most powerful and longest serving queen in the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver coin is recognised throughout the globe by bullion dealers and collectors alike.
Australian Lunar silver coin – Year of the Pig
The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinese zodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each of them being celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the pig was last celebrated in 2007. Those born in the year of the pig are considered to be optimistic by nature. They tend to be happy people with a cheerful attitude towards life. Their positive character attracts money and they tend to make a living quite effortlessly. People born in the year of the pig have a taste for all the good things in life; they are connoisseurs when it comes to food, wine, apparel and of course lovemaking. This can be perceived by others as snobbish, but this is most often a misconception. Although people born under the year of the pig like to indulge in all the very best offered by mankind, they certainly do not consider themselves superior. In fact, they make great friends and always try to make others happy; they feel best when everyone around them is smiling. Those born in the year of the pig have a heart of gold which makes them great companions, both on a personal level but also when it comes to more intimate relationships. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Pig coin is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you are showing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious golden artwork.
Australian Lunar silver coins are based on the Chinese Lunar Zodiac
It is believed that the Chinese lunar calendar was created almost five millennia ago by primeval ruling dynasties. Since that time, the calendar has been continuously improved by astronomers of different royal Chinese courts, culminating in a final version that was calculated according to the earth’s movement around the sun, but fitted into a lunar calendar, thus making it officially a lunisolar calendar. The decision to base the calendar on two celestial bodies stems from the fact that the moon’s motion around the earth is not in synchronisation with the earth’s motion around the sun, creating a time disparity which created a problem for farmers who, of course, needed an accurate calendar that would tell them the best time for planting and harvesting in accordance with the sun’s movement. Originally, the calendar was based on the cycles of the moon, as it was much easier for the ancient astronomers to make the necessary calculation. But, as time passed, they noticed the disparity between the lunar year which consisted of twelve months, each month consisting of 29.5 days which totalled 354 days in a year, and the solar year, which numbered a total of 365.24 days, thus making the lunar year 11 days shorter than the earth’s yearly orbit around the sun. To better synchronise the lunar calendar with the sun, a leap month was added every two or three years similar to that of the modern solar calendar where nearly every 4 years on February 29 an extra leap day is added to align the earth’s revolution around the sun. In contrast to most other calendars, the Chinese lunar calendar does not count years in an infinite sequence, but is instead composed of a 12 year period that is repeated five times in order to get to a cycle that is equal to 60 years. Each year of the period consists of two components, a heavenly stem and a terrestrial branch. The heavenly stem consists of ten symbols, which were the names of the ten days in the week used by the ancient Chinese, while the terrestrial branch consists of 12 animals from the Chinese zodiac cycle. For the creation of one year, each stem is combined with every second terrestrial branch. Thus, when all possible combinations between the heavenly stems and terrestrial branches have been made, this being equal to 60, the final cycle is created and subsequently it starts over once again. This method of cyclical dating is believed to be among the longest continuous sequences of time measurement in history. China today uses the Gregorian calendar, a solar calendar, for all civil purposes, but the lunar calendar is still the main calendar used by various communities in China and East Asia to determine celebrity dates such as jubilees, weddings, the Chinese New Year and other festivities.
Australian Lunar Year of the Rooster coins – as rare as silver
The Perth Mint introduced the Lunar Year of the Pig silver coins for the first time in 2007. The next issue of the Year of the Pig will only become available in 2031, when the pig, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again seek out new friendships. In 2007, the silver coin was offered in 1 kg, 10 oz, 5oz, 2oz, 1 oz, ½ oz weights. The one kilo mintage in 2007 was 3818 silver coins. If the mintage of all Year of the Pig silver coins is included, then the total figure rises to 122,468 silver pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of other well-known investment bullion coins. For example, the American Eagle one-ounce silver coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of the Year of the Pig Silver Series every day. Australian Lunar Year of the Pig silver bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as silver.
Australian Lunar Year of the Rooster silver coins are produced by the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint, a world-renowned mint and refiner of precious metals located in the City of Perth in Australia, was founded in 1896 by Britain’s Royal Mint in response to the newly discovered silver deposits in Western Australia. The Perth Mint’s task was to refine silver ore from the mines and to strike sovereign silver coins from the refined bullion. Between 1899 and 1931, the Pert Mint produced a considerable amount of silver sovereigns that were disturbed in Australia and throughout the British Empire to be used as circulating currency. The Perth Mint was under British control until 1971 when the Government of Western Australia assumed ownership of the mint. Today, the Perth Mint is hailed for the quality of the world class investment bullion coins that it produces, including the Australian Silver Kangaroo and the Kookaburra and Koala silver coins. The Perth Mint has been a member of the London Silver Market (predecessor of the LBMA) since 1934.
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Obverse: The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Australia’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Australia has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”. Inscribed below the effigy is the denomination of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.
Reverse: The reverse displays a standing pig on stones. Inscribed on the right is the Chinese character for “pig “,and on the left is the year of mintage, and below the animal is the weight and purity of the coin.
Purity: The 2019 Australian Lunar Year of the Pig coin contains 99.99% pure silver. This means that the coin is exclusively made of pure silver and is free of metallic impurities.
Packaging: Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule at the Perth Mint. For bulk purchases, multiples of 20 are available in original factory packaging.
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