| Australia Issues
Commemorating Chinese "Year of the Rooster"
your chance to be one of the first to own Australia’s
new 2005-dated coins commemorating the Chinese “Year
of the Rooster” -- that will start on February
9, 2005. This is the tenth issue in the Lunar-Zodiac
series launched by the Perth Mint in 1996. The Chinese
believe that the animal ruling the year in which a person
is born has a profound influence on their personality.
Those born in the Year of the Rooster (2005, 1993, 1981,
1969, 1957, 1945, etc.) are said to be honest, hardworking
and talented; they are also not afraid to speak their
minds, are independent and tenacious – such as
Confucius, Verdi, Wagner, and Katherine Hepburn.
Australia’s Perth Mint issues
brilliant uncirculated pure silver coins ranging from
½ oz. to 1 kilogram (over 32 oz.). Each coin
is struck from the purest (9999 fine) silver, and
comes in a protective clear acrylic capsule. Since
Australia is a member of the British Commonwealth,
a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is featured on the
obverse. The reverse pictures a rooster with the rising
sun on the left and a camellia on the right; the date
appears in English and Chinese.
of the denominations is quite unusual -- $8 face value
for the 5 oz. coin. These are expected to be particularly
popular since “8” is considered as a lucky
number in Asia.
PandaAmerica is now accepting orders
for Year of the Rooster silver coins as follows: 1/2
oz. at $12.95, 1 oz. at $15.95, 2 oz. at $26.75, 5
oz. at $59.95, 10 oz. at $102.50 and 1 kilogram at
$279.50. Orders should be sent to PandaAmerica, 3460
Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503. Credit
card orders can be placed by calling (800)
472-6327 or e-Mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add $5.50 per order for shipping and insurance, and
California residents add 8.25% sales tax on orders
less than $1,000.