This large, impressive coin represents a tremendous value, struck in pure silver! The Perth Mint’s Lunar Zodiac Series II coins are huge! At more than 45 mm in diameter, they are nearly 2 inches across! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint’s execution of this intriguing animal motif in pure silver! The Perth Mint refers to this as their specimen finish. It’s much nicer than an ordinary coin – the mirrored design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background). We would therefore refer to this as a “Reverse Proof” or “Reverse Proof-Like” finish. Between the size and beauty of the finish.
A nurturing mother rabbit keeps an eye on her young baby bunny while both shelter beneath overhanging foliage. The legend YEAR OF THE RABBIT defines the theme. The Chinese character for “Rabbit” is to the right, while the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark is judiciously placed to the left, near the 9:30 position along the rim.
The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.