China Issues 15 Varieties of Year of the Rabbit Coins
According to the Chinese Lunar-Zodiac, the Year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit--which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. It is said that those born under this lucky sign (2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, etc) are clever, talented, kind, romantic, successful and a good friend.
There is a great variety of Year of the Rabbit coins—15 in all—ranging from 1 oz. silver to 10 kilograms of gold. The first basic design—a colorized stylized rabbit—appears on the following round BU coins: 1 oz. silver (220,000 mintage), 5 oz. silver (11,800), 1/10 oz. gold (80,000), and 5 oz. gold (1,800).
The following coins feature the second design--a rabbit in relief, with a rabbit pattern in the background: 1 oz. silver, round (180,000), 1 oz. silver, fan-shaped (60,000), 1 oz. silver, flower-shaped (60,000), 5 oz. silver, rectangular shaped (1,888), 1 kilo silver, round (3,800), 1/10 oz. gold, round (80,000), ½ oz. gold, fan-shaped (6,600), ½ oz. gold, flower-shape (8,000), 5 oz. gold, rectangular shaped (118), 1 kilo gold, flower-shaped (118), and 10 kilo gold, round (18); the fan-shaped coins are BU and the others are Proof.
Chinese Lunar-Zodiac coins are very popular in China and throughout the world. Last year, several of the varieties of Year of the Tiger coins rapidly rose in price due to very strong domestic demand, so early orders are recommended for the Year of the Rabbit coins by the American distributor. For availability and pricing, call Panda America at 800-472-6327.