2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER: GUIDE TO THE LUNAR COINS 2017-05-19T14:36:00+00:00

2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER: A GUIDE TO THE GOLD & SILVER LUNAR COINS

Without question the most widespread theme in modern numismatics, the Lunar Calendar has drawn in mints and producers from all regions of the globe. The choice of designs and sizes is quite incredible, going from 0.5 grams up to coins 40,000 times that size, with ranges encompassing both gold and silver. Colouring, gilding, high-relief or with embedded gems, there’s usually something for every taste. For 2014 and 2015 we tried to compile definitive guides to all the coins available, a huge amount of work, and after a year off we’re back with the Year of the Rooster.

Starting on 29th January and running until 15 February 2018, the Year of the Red Fire Rooster is said to represent people that are hard-working, shrewd, bold, boastful and correct. Famous roosters have included Confucius, Catherine the Great, Amelia Earhart, Rudyard Kipling and Groucho Marx. Whatever the background, it’s clearly a canvas broad enough to inspire designers to try something different.

Many major mints issue lunar coins, the most famous being the Perth Mints seminal Lunar Series II, their second, almost complete run through the lunar cycle. Several bullion series are running in competition, the most notable being the Royal Mint’s Shengxiao Collection. A favourite of ours, the Treasures of Oz Tokelau range has stopped its run sadly, but there remains a decent selection. The commemorative market remains open to variation and despite coins being released ridiculously early every year (Dog coins are already starting to appear even though the Year of the Dog is 9 months away), new ones are still appearing, although.

We’ve altered this guide from prior years by sorting the coins by issuing country instead of by mint. It’s a more logical system and takes into account the difficulty we have in tracking down the producer of some of the more esoteric coins. This guide will be updated as new coins appear so keep an eye on the changelog button for them as they won’t be immediately apparent because of the tabbed layout. Let us know if we’ve missed any. We may add privy-mark bullion coins, but haven’t decided yet.

CHANGELOG

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR ROOSTER

To celebrate the Year of the Rooster in 2017, the Royal Australian Mint has released the latest coins from the Lunar Series. These coins combine the talents of award-winning coin designer Vladimir Gottwald with beautiful illustrations by Stevan Stojanovic. Reflecting many of the original Lunar Series design elements these coins are a stunning representation of this zodiac sign.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 11.66 g 25.00 mm PROOF 10,000
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF 3,000
$30 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 1000 g 99.95 mm PROOF 500

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 GOLD 3.11 g 17.53 mm PROOF 1,500

PERTH MINT OPAL ROOSTER

A series that lasted for eight coins spread over four years from 2012-15, Australian Opal features a stylised circular area in the centre of the reverse face that incorporates pieces of opal. Following the end of the series, the mint kept the concept alive with a single annual design for the lunar market, this years being the second to appear.

Struck in an ounce of silver to a proof finish, the coin comes in a box with a light in the lid. When the case is opened it lights up the coin and highlights the opal. The coin is accompanied by a stunning illustrated shipper and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

OBVERSE: Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin’s obverse.

REVERSE: The coin’s reverse incorporates an inner panel design of a rooster detailed in pure Australian opal. The outer panel of the coin depicts a collection of stylised leaves. The design includes the inscription YEAR OF THE ROOSTER, the 2017 year-date, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 36.60 mm PROOF 5,000

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II SILVER PROOF

In 2017, The Perth Mint’s internationally renowned Australian Lunar Silver Proof Coin Series II celebrates the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

Struck from 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, no more than 500 kilo coins will be released worldwide. An issue limit of 8,000 1/2oz coins, 5,000 1oz coins and 1,000 three-coin sets will be produced in this packaging.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster, a hen, and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each individual silver coin and three-coin set is housed in a stylish red and black presentation case and themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1 KG $30 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 1000.1 g 100.60 mm PROOF 500
2 OZ $2 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 62.213 g 55.60 mm PROOF 2,000*
1 OZ $1 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm PROOF 8,500**
1/2 OZ $0.5 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 15.553 g 36.60 mm PROOF 9,000***

* 1,000 in the three coin set
** 5,000 in this individual packaging, 1,000 in the three coin set
*** 8,000 in this individual packaging, 1,000 in the three coin set

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II GOLD PROOF

In 2017, The Perth Mint’s internationally renowned Australian Lunar Gold Proof Coin Series II celebrates the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

Meticulously struck from 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, no more than 3,000 individual 1oz coins, 5,000 1/4oz coins, 4,000 1/10oz coins and 1,500 three-coin sets will be released in this packaging.

GOLD REVERSE: depicts a rooster standing in a stylised Chinese scene featuring bamboo and leaves. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Gold Proof Lunar coins from The Perth Mint are housed in elegant oval-shaped display cases, featuring a glossy timber-effect lid and presented in a coloured themed shipper.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1 OZ $100 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 31.112 g 39.34 mm PROOF 6,000*
1/4 OZ $25 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 7.777 g 22.60 mm PROOF 8,000**
1/10 OZ $15 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 3.111 g 18.60 mm PROOF 8,500***

* 3,000 in this individual packaging, 1,500 in the three coin set
** 5,000 in this individual packaging, 1,500 in the three coin set
*** 4,000 in this individual packaging, 1,500 in the three coin set

PERTH MINT KILO SILVER ‘GEMEYE’ EDITION

A regular release, the one-kilo ‘GemEye’ edition of the standard silver design is at heart just a larger versio of the coloured silver lunar. The main difference is the inset gemstone, in this case citrine. It’s placed in the eye of the animal, hence the series name.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster, a hen, and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers. The rooster has a golden citrine gemstone set into its eye. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each individual silver coin and three-coin set is housed in a stylish red and black presentation case and themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$30 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 1000.1 g 100.60 mm UNCIRCULATED 500

PERTH MINT SILVER GILDED

Available in a one-ounce format, the coin is a standard uncirculated version with the rooster picked out in fine gold. These have been popular over the years and there is a collectors box that will hold a twelve-coin set.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster, gilded in 24-carat gold, a hen, and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a classic black and red display case and illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The Year of the Rooster Gilded Edition can also be purchased in a capsule only with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Cases are still available for collectors of the complete twelve-coin set.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm UNCIRCULATED 50,000

PERTH MINT SILVER COLOURED

Available in a one-ounce format usually, the 2017 Perth ANDA Money Expo also saw a limited two-ounce variant with a tiny mintage of just 1,000 units. Both are finished to a proof format with selective colouring.

REVERSE: depicts a coloured rooster, a hen, and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a stylish red and black display case and illustrated lunar-themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm PROOF COLOURED 10,000
$2 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 62.213 g 55.60 mm PROOF COLOURED 1,000

PERTH MINT SILVER HIGH RELIEF

Often considered the most beautiful of the Lunar Series II range, the high-relief range takes the standard artwork and strikes it deeply into a smaller but thicker coin. Slightly convex on both sides, the result is a crisp, attractive coin.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster, a hen, and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. The coins high relief reverse and obverse are minted.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a stylish red and black display case and illustrated lunar-themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 32.60 mm PROOF 7,500

PERTH MINT GOLD HIGH RELIEF

Often considered the most beautiful of the Lunar Series II range, the high-relief range takes the standard artwork and strikes it deeply into a smaller but thicker coin. Slightly convex on both sides, the result is a crisp, attractive coin.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster standing in a stylised Chinese scene featuring bamboo and leaves. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a classic wooden lid display case and themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$100 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 GOLD 31.107 g 27.30 mm PROOF 388

PERTH MINT GOLD BULLION COLOURED

The smallest of the coloured gold lunars, this one is only available as a subscription for all twelve lunars. The set comes with a fine box that holds all twelve and there are only 500 sets available.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster standing in a stylised Chinese scene featuring bamboo and leaves. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: This coin will be presented in a capsule and is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$5 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 GOLD 1.556 g 14.60 mm UNCIRCULATED 500

PERTH MINT GOLD PROOF COLOURED

The standard proof gold design with selective colouring. Available only in a one-ounce version.

REVERSE: depicts a rooster standing in a stylised Chinese scene featuring bamboo and leaves. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’ also appear in the design.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: This coin will be presented in a capsule and is accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$100 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 GOLD 31.112 g 39.34 mm PROOF 3,000

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR ROOSTER BULLION

A gold bullion series from the Royal Australian Mint, this is the first time they’ve been available and it’s been a very low-key launch, we’ve only seen them for sale at APMEX to date. Available in five sizes, all with the same design, and with none exceeding an ounce in weight, this is a fine looking bullion coin. No silver is available.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the year and face value encircled by depictions of the 12 signs and moon phases of the Chinese Zodiac.

REVERSE: Features a rooster calling out with the sun beaming behind it along with the Chinese character for “rooster” surrounded by the date, weight and purity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$100 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 31.1 g 34.00 mm B / UNC TBC
$50 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 15.5 g 30.00 mm B / UNC TBC
$25 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.69 mm B / UNC TBC
$15 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 3.11 g 17.53 mm B / UNC TBC
$5 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 1.55 g 14.06 mm B / UNC TBC

SINGAPORE MINT HIGH-RELIEF SILVER ROOSTER

The Kingdom of Bhutan proudly issues the Happiest Lunar Coin Collection again, exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint.

Not only known as one of the happiest country, the Kingdom of Bhutan is also popularly known as the Last Shangri-La of the world.

The 2017 Bhutan Lunar Rooster Coin features a magnificent rooster, inspired by the idea of a “crowing rooster among the clouds”. The distinctive characteristics of the rooster – a huge and towering crest, puffy neckline, an inflated and forward-thrusting chest, gorgeously raised and curled tail, and a sturdy pair of claws are tastefully reflected.

Minted in ultra-high relief, with relief height up to 4 times the usual height at a stunning 2 mm, this lunar series not only brings about blessings of happiness to the receiver, but is a master piece in showcasing the innovative minting techniques.

The reverse features one of the most iconic sites of Bhutan, the National Memorial Chorten.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
Nu. 1000 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF 1,000
Nu. 500 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.7 mm PROOF 10,000

SINGAPORE MINT HIGH-RELIEF GOLD ROOSTER

The 2017 Tokelau official legal tender Year of the Rooster commemorative coin set has been designated as the ‘Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Zodiac Commemorative Coin’ by Diaoyutai.

  • First time Authorised by Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
  • Issued by the Government of Tokelau
  • Quality assured by the Victoria Mint of Australia Pty Ltd
  • Six coin collection – 3 x 1oz Silver Coins and 3 x Base Metal Coins
  • Limited Edition 100,000 Coin Sets
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
Nu. 1000 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.96 mm PROOF 2,000

BANK OF BELARUS LUNAR ROOSTER

A popular series, this is th efifth entrant in the twelve coin set. Attractive and unusual designs, they have selective gilding and a crsytal inset into them.

OBVERSE: features the state emblem of Belarus and a stylized clockwork with selective gilding and a shiny cubic zirconia embedded in the center. The hands of the clock point to the stylized inscriptions of the following years. The legends along the rim of the coin include its face value, metal fineness, issuing year and country.

REVERSE: features the stylized image of a clockwork rooster and the inscription “Year of the Rooster” in Belarusian. The gilded Chinese symbol standing for “the rooster” is engraved in the center of the reverse.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
20 RUBLES 0.925 SILVER 31.1 g 38.61 mm PROOFLIKE 1,000

POBJOY MINT LOCK CHARM

The original shape of the coin is what gives its unique appeal as it has been produced in the shape of a Chinese lock charm. This type of charm is based on the traditional Chinese device used to safeguard possessions and property and its main purpose is to protect a person from evil and to bring good luck, fortune, official rank and long life.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 BVI 0.999 SILVER 31.103 g 46 x 32.86 mm PROOF / COLOUR 1,000

MINT OF POLAND COCKEREL ON A STICK

Our funny children’s coin “Cockerel on a Stick” will be a perfect gift for all young collectors born in the Year of the Rooter! Delicious lollipops – who of us didn’t eat them in the childhood? We all remember their sweet taste… This lovely souvenir will not only remind us of carefree moments of childhood, but it will also inspire children’s imagination and encourage our loved ones to start a coin collection. Thanks to the specially designed presentation case in the shape of a colorful rooster, this outstanding collectible will become a perfect birthday, name day or baby christening gift.

REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – colorful image of a cockerel (digital printing). Right-hand – name of the coin: COCKEREL ON A STICK. In the bottom part of the reverse – symbols of luck: four-leaf clovers, horseshoe, ladybug, treasure chest (digital printing, relief). Along the rim – oriental ornaments.

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – coat of arms of the Republic of Cameroon Below it – mint mark: m/w, hallmark: Ag 999. Above it – year of issue: 2017. Along the rim – inscriptions: REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN (issuer), 500 FRANCS CFA (face value).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
500 FRANCS CFA 0.999 SILVER 16.81 g 38.61 mm PROOF 2,000

MINT OF POLAND RUSSIAN LUNAR

A rare one, this coin is apparently struck by the Mint of Poland for, we assume, a Russian or Ukrainian client. It’s a standard ounce in weight, sterling silver and with some selective colouring to the reverse face. The reverse face isn’t particularly rooster-like, looking more similar to a Phoenix, but it’s a clean design regardless. The obverse is noteworthy for its excellent design, even if it is a little inscription heavy. We’ve only seen this one on EBay where they sell for a little over $100.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1000 FRANCS CFA 0.925 SILVER 28.28 g 38.61 mm PROOF 500

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT LOTUS LUNARS

The reverse design by Three Degrees Creative Group commemorates 2017 as the Year of the Rooster with an intricate side profile view of its animal representative. Detailed engraving recreates the rooster’s feathered appearance and captures the essence of the animal’s character: observant, resourceful and self-assured. Other elements associated with this sign are artfully incorporated into the design—including the outline of five gladiolus flowers, which also represent the Rooster’s lucky number, “5.” The reverse also features the engraved Chinese character for “rooster”.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$15 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 26.7 g 38.0 mm PROOF 13,888
$250 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 1000 g 120.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 300
$2500 CANADIAN 0.9999 GOLD 1000 g 120.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 10

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

Designed by Canadian artist Aries Cheung, your coin features a stylized depiction of the rooster. Detailed engraving captures the essence of the animal’s character: observant and self-confident. Walking with a confident strut, the rooster is depicted in side profile to allow a glimpse of the swirls and flourishes that recreate its feathered appearance as the sun rises up on the right side, above the Chinese character for rooster.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$15 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 31.39 g 38.0 mm PROOF 10,888
$150 CANADIAN 0.750 GOLD 11.84 g 28.0 mm PROOF 2,500

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT HALF-OUNCE ROOSTER

Designed by Three Degrees Creative Group, your coin commemorates the Year of the Rooster with a stylized depiction of a rooster. Detailed engraving recreates its familiar appearance and captures the essence of the animal’s character: observant, resourceful and self-assured. Other symbolic elements are artfully incorporated into the design, including the gladiolus flowers that are traditionally associated with this sign, as well as and the Chinese character for “rooster”.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 15.87 g 34.0 mm SPECIMEN 15,888

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT ONE-OUNCE BULLION

Designed by Three Degrees Creative Group, your coin commemorates the Year of the Rooster with a stylized depiction of a rooster. Detailed engraving recreates its familiar appearance and captures the essence of the animal’s character: observant, resourceful and self-assured. Other symbolic elements are artfully incorporated into the design, including the gladiolus flowers that are traditionally associated with this sign, as well as and the Chinese character for “rooster”.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 15.5 g 32.0 mm REVERSE-PROOFLIKE 200,000
$5 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 31.1 g 38.0 mm REVERSE-PROOFLIKE 200,000

BANK OF CHINA LOTUS ROOSTER

There are five basic sets of designs again this year with four different shapes as there were last year with the Horse ranges, for a total of seventeen different coins spread across gold and silver.

SInce the Bank of China decided to eschew the standard weights used by all other mints for a decimalised system, coin sizes have changed slightly but not in any dramatic way. Sizes range from 3 grams to a staggering 10,000 grams (10kg) in gold and from 30 grams to a kilo in silver. A surprising thing we’ve noticed in previous years is the lack of a one-ounce (or now 30g) gold coin in any of the designs.

The coins were minted at multiple locations; Shenzhen Guobao Mint, Shenyang Mint and Shanghai Mint Co. They’re distributed by China Gold Coin Corporation.

OBVERSE: The emblem of the People ‘s Republic of China, lined with years of more than auspicious decoration, and published national name.

REVERSE: Rooster shape, lined with decorative rooster pattern, and published amount and “Ding You” words.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 40.00 mm PROOF 60,000
200 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 15.0 g 27.00 mm PROOF 8,000
10,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 1,000 g 100.00 mm PROOF 118

BANK OF CHINA COLOURED ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 40.00 mm PROOF 300,000
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 150.0 g 70.00 mm PROOF 30,000
50 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 3.0 g 18.00 mm PROOF 180,000
2,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 1,000 g 60.00 mm PROOF 3,000

BANK OF CHINA ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 40.00 mm PROOF 300,000
300 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 1,000.0 g 100.00 mm PROOF 10,000
50 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 3.0 g 18.00 mm PROOF 180,000
5,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 500.0 g 80.00 mm PROOF 2,000
20,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 2,000.0 g 110.00 mm PROOF 100
100,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 10,000 g 180.00 mm PROOF 18

BANK OF CHINA FAN-SHAPED ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 85 mm outer radius PROOF 80,000
150 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 10.0 g 51 mm outer radius PROOF 30,000

BANK OF CHINA RECTANGULAR ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
50 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 150.0 g 80.0 x 50.0 mm PROOF 20,000
2,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 150.0 g 64.0 x 40.0 mm PROOF 2,000

MDM DEUTSCHE MOTHER OF PEARL ROOSTER

The sixth coin in this lunar series to be released, these are higher end numismatics of five ounces in weight, the gold especially so. The highlight here is the center section of the reverse face which is carved from mother of pearl. The effect is pretty well done and while this one doesn’t reach the design quality of the 2014 Horse coin, it’s one that collectors of the series will appreciate we’re sure.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$25 COOK ISLANDS 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / INSERT 888
$200 COOK ISLANDS 0.999 GOLD 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / INSERT 25

MDM DEUTSCHE PEARL ROOSTER

Another series from German dealer MDM that’s entering it’s sixth year, this series is distinguished by a small central pearl. The roosters in the artwork are picked out with fine gold gilding. They come in a box with a certificate.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 FIJI 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF / INSERT 8,888

MONNAIE DE PARIS SILVER ROOSTER

The Monnaie de Paris is now on the 11th of the series and they continue with the design ethos that has characterised the series since 2007. Another clean design with a busy border, they’re available in ¼oz gold and the 22g silver the mint commonly produces.

REVERSE: Shows a Chinese depiction of a rooster, highly dynamic, all within a decorative frieze. The Chinese ideogram symbolizes the year of the Rooster.

OBVERSE: Depicts the portrait of Jean de La Fontaine is surrounded by the 12 animals that make up the Chinese zodiac.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10€ EURO 0.900 SILVER 22.2 g 37.00 mm PROOF 5,000

MONNAIE DE PARIS GOLD ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
50€ EURO 0.920 GOLD 8.45 g 22.0 mm PROOF 500

TATOO ART LUNAR ROOSTER

First appearing two years ago from the Son Montuno Mint, Lunar Skulls was an instant hit. The design was wholly unlike anything else produceed for the lunar market, using artwork from a Portland, Oregon based tattoo artist, Kiana Roo. Last years Teay of the Monkey was considerably more problematic however. A dispute between the people involved in producing the coin led to the release of two competing coins. Son Montuno stuck with the artist and issued a similar theme but issued for Palau instead of Ghana. A German dealer kept Ghana as the issuer, but used a different artist for the reverse face.

Fortuantely for all some agreement was reached and now both parties have independant lines. This one now goes by the name Tattoo Art and for 2017 has employed colour for the first time. Struck to a high-relief, it remains a new twist on a relatively conservative genre. An ounce of fine silver in weight, mintage will be limited to 500 with each coin being supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin sits the emblem of the African state of Ghana. Underneath it in a clean area are the inscriptions REPUBLIC OF GHANA and the denomination 5 CEDIS. A radial segmented pattern design borders the emblem.

REVERSE: In the central part of the coinsits an image of a stylised rooster, with the head cleanly struck and the plumage coloured. Inscriptions are composition (left), date (right) series name and Chinese character for rooster (top) coin subject (bottom).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
5 GHC CEDIS 0.999 SILVER 31.07 g 38.61 mm PROOF COLOUR 500

MDM DEUTSCHE JADE ROOSTER

This is now the sixth year that this attractive series, again from MDM, has been released. The highlight feature of this range is a Burmese jade ring carrying gilded lettering in English and Chinese. In the centre sits a gilded representation of the lunar animal. The border carries a struck pattern of animals which looks pretty good although we don’t think this years looks as good as the 2015 goat did. The coin is two ounces in weight and has the nicely detailed emblem of the The Lao People’s Democratic Republic on the obverse.

Burmese Jade, called Jadeite, is considered the finest in the world and believed precious in China back as far as the 13th century. It was used for hardstone carving as far back as 6,000B.C. The various varieties of Jade have had a great cultural significance for thousands of years.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
2,000 KIP 0.999 SILVER 62.2 g 55.00 mm PROOF / INSERT 2,888

SINGAPORE MINT SILVER LUNAR ROOSTER

The Monetary Authority of Macau proudly presents the Macau Lunar Coin Collection (2008 – 2019), which is exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint. The Macau Lunar Rooster Coin, the tenth in this collection is issued in conjunction with the arrival of the 2017 Year of the Rooster.

The obverse side of the coin features the outline of a magnificent rooster, accompanied by blooms of rosy Celosia cristata, also known as cockscomb. The name cockscomb was given to this flower due to its similarity to the comb of the rooster. The rooster’s comb or crown, has the Chinese words ‘鸡冠‘whereby its ‘冠’ has the same pronunciation as the ‘官’ from the word, ‘Official’. Therefore, the arrangement of a rooster with cockscomb flowers symbolises career progressions due to the Chinese words, “官上加官”, literally meaning to add another ‘crown’ on top of a ‘crown’.

The reverse side features the St. Dominic’s Church. Located within the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the church is one of Macau’s oldest historical structures, built in 1587. Today, its bell tower, refurbished into the Treasure of Sacred Art Museum, hosts a collection of around 300 artefacts. A church of both Portuguese and Spanish influences, its unmistakable Baroque style yellow and green façade stands prominently in the heart of Macau’s famous St Dominic’s Square.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
20 PATACAS 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.7 mm PROOF / COLOUR 8,000
100 PATACAS 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 2,000

SINGAPORE MINT GOLD LUNAR ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
250 PATACAS 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.96 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

INTERNATIONAL COIN HOUSE WIND SPINNER ROOSTER

The Chinese zodiac is a twelve-year cycle in which each year is associated with a specific animal. Those born during the year of a certain animal were thought to share some of the qualities of that animal. The twelve animals in order are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. 2017 is the year of the rooster.

REVERSE: In the centre of the a colourful rooster presented as a roof wind spinner. Around the coin inscription: “HAPPY YEAR OF THE ROOSTER” and the year “2017” (the year of the rooster).

OBVERSE: In the center of the coin coat of arms of the Republic of Macedonia, below year of the issue 2017. Around the coin inscriptions: “Republic of Macedonia” and “100 Denars” (in Macedonian).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
100 DENARS 0.925 SILVER 28.28 g 38.61 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

INTERNATIONAL COIN HOUSE ROOSTER WITH ANGEL

The Chinese zodiac is a twelve-year cycle in which each year is associated with a specific animal. Those born during the year of a certain animal were thought to share some of the qualities of that animal. The twelve animals in order are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. 2017 is the year of the rooster.

REVERSE: In the centre of the coin there is a little angel sitting in the two-wheel carriage decorated with flowers, pulled by a white rooster. Above and below the scene flower ornaments. Inscription: “HAPPY YEAR OF THE ROOSTER”.

OBVERSE: In the center of the coin coat of arms of the Republic of Macedonia, below year of the issue 2017. Around the coin inscriptions: “Republic of Macedonia” and “100 Denars” (in Macedonian).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
100 DENARS 0.925 SILVER 28.28 g 38.61 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

COIN INVEST TRUST HI-CARV ROOSTER

Thi silver coin incorporates a couple of new techniques from the producer well known for their love of experimentation when it comes to commemorative numismatics. The gold coin is another CIT staple, a 0.5g minigold which are becoming increasingly popular of late, in no small part due to this companies fine selection of issues over the last few years.

The silver incorporates a pair of new techniques being seen here for the first time. The coin is struck as a ‘Black Proof’, and it also uses new striking technique called HiCarv which appears to concentrate a section of ultra-high relief on a single part of the coin and with a different look, almost like it was rough-hewn from granite. The second technique involves the handmaking of the relief object on the coins reverse face. Because of this, each piece is completely unique.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
500 TOGROG 0.999 SILVER 25.0 g 38.61 mm PROOF 2,017

COIN INVEST TRUST MINI-GOLD

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1,000 TOGROG 0.9999 GOLD 0.5 g 11.0 mm PROOF 15,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT LUNAR ROOSTER BULLION

The third year that the New Zealand Mint have been issuing a lunar coin for the numismatic favourite state of Niue Island. Like the previous two years the coin uses a silhouette style to depict the lunar animal in question. Available only in a gold or silver one-ounce format and sold in tubes, although dealers will have no issue selling singles or small quantities.

OBVERSE: Surrounding the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II are inscriptions of the issuer, the denomination and the date

REVERSE: Depicts three roosters alongside a picket fence. The Chinese character for rooster sits on the proof background. The inscription ‘2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER’ is placed at the bottom and there is a smaller inscription detailing the composition near the top.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm B / UNC TBC
$250 NEW ZEALAND 0.9999 GOLD 31.1 g 32.00 mm B / UNC TBC

NEW ZEALAND MINT COLOURED ROOSTER

2017 is the Lunar Year of the Rooster and New Zealand Mint is releasing two stunning 1 oz silver coins. Those born in the Year of Rooster have many excellent characteristics. In addition to being honest, hardworking and courageous, Roosters are often also physically attractive and charming as companions.

This Lunar Year of the Rooster 1 oz Silver Coin portrays a contemporary brush-stroke colour illustration of a Rooster, standing on a picket fence, underneath engraved cherry blossoms. The illustration is set against a proof-quality background and the words “Year of the Rooster” are engraved in English and Chinese on the coin reverse.

This coin comes packaged in a high quality contemporary style perspex inner case and elegant outer packaging, making this an ideal gift for those born in the Year of the Rooster and Lunar coin collectors.

This lovely engraved silver coin has a limited worldwide mintage of 10,000 coins.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 10,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT GILDED ROOSTER

2017 is the Lunar Year of the Rooster and New Zealand Mint is releasing two stunning 1 oz silver coins. Those born in the Year of Rooster have confident personalities with a strong tendency to punctuality. People born in the Year of Rooster enjoy sports and outdoor pursuits and they generally lead happy and healthy, long lives.

This Lunar Year of the Rooster 1 oz Gilded Silver Coin portrays an impressive illustration of a Rooster, standing proudly in front of the skyline of the French city of Paris. The gilded Chinese character for Rooster is set against a proof quality background.

This coin comes packaged in a traditional ingot-shaped coin case and themed printed outer case, making this an ideal gift for those born in the Year of the Rooster and Lunar coin collectors.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / GILDED 10,000

DOWNIES GILDED ROOSTER

A spectacular work of numismatic art, this coin is crafted from a massive five ounces of 99.9% pure silver and struck to the highest Proof quality. The exquisite High Relief strike is made even more eye-catching by selective gold-plating on the reverse. Issued as official legal tender, and featuring individual edge-numbering on the huge 65mm flan, the only thing small about this coin is the mintage. A mere 500 have been struck!
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$8 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF 500

MINT OF POLAND GOLDEN LUCKY HEN

With its precise finishing and elaborate design, the coin alludes to a priceless jewel created in the workshop of Peter Carl  Fabergé. The jeweled hen depicted on the reverse glistens with a golden shade, whereas the Imperial Crown of Russia is featured below it. Transparent capsule in the bottom part of the coin contains two silver filigree eggs coated with 24-carat gold.

REVERSE: In the upper part of the coin, on a separate proof surface – golden hen derived from the design of the first Fabergé egg (relief, digital printing). Below it, left-hand – image of a rooster and the Imperial Crown of Russia (relief). In the bottom part of the coin, symmetrically – transparent capsule containing silver  24-carat gold-plated filigree insert. In the background – stylized decorative surface.

OBVERSE: In the upper part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below it – initials of the sculptor: IRB (Ian Rank-Broadley). Above it – hallmark: Ag 999, mint mark: m/w, issuer: NIUE, ELIZABETH II. Along the rim, left-hand – face value: 2 DOLLARS. Right-hand – year of issue: 2017. In the background – stylized decorative surface.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 28.28 g 41.00 mm PROOF / GILDING 2,000

MINT OF POLAND CHINESE CALENDAR

Our silver commemorative coin will be a perfect gift for people born in the Year of the Rooster. But not only for them! In China, the logogram 鸡 is associated with affluence and good reputation. Number seven stands for perfection, good luck and harmony, whereas color of gold symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Golden shade is a Rooster’s lucky color, whereas number seven stands for perfection, prosperity and harmony. Seven golden feathers adorning this coin will bring its holder good luck during the whole Year of the Rooster!

REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – relief image of a rooster. In the upper part of the coin, along the rim – inscription: YEAR OF THE ROOSTER 2017 (name of the coin and year of issue). In the bottom part of the coin, along the rim – decorative elements: seven golden feathers. Right-hand –Chinese logogram 鸡 standing for the Year of the Rooster

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below it – mint mark: m/w, hallmark: Ag 999. Along the rim – inscriptions separated by decorative dots: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer), 1 DOLLAR (face value), 2017 (year of issue).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 17.50 g 38.61 mm PROOF / GILDING 1,500

MINT OF POLAND CRYSTAL PENDANT

This silver coin pendant adorned with a sparkling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will be a perfect gift for people born in the Year of the Rooster. But not only for them! Worn as a piece of jewelry, this beautiful coin pendant will become a crowning touch of your stylish look! It will bring you luck during the forthcoming year of the Fire Rooster. Surprise your nearest and dearest with a special gift!

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, 1 DOLLAR (face value), NIUE (issuer), 2017 (year of issue). In the upper part of the obverse – two round cut-outs. Next to the left cut-out – hallmark: Ag 999. In the background – decorative surface: leaves, fruits and twigs. Left-hand, next to the effigy of the Queen mint mark – m/w.

REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – relief image of a rooster adorned with golden SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. In the background – decorative elements: leaves, fruits and twigs. In the upper part of the coin – two round cut-outs.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 10.0 g 13.0 x 30.0 mm PROOF 1,000

BH MAYER ULTRA HIGH RELIEF ROOSTERS

This series has been very low key in the past, but this years design has gone to the top of the class in our view.  Struck in Ultra High Relief, the design is a simple, but crisp looking roosters head around which is a patterned border. The inscription ‘YEAR OF THE ROOSTER’ and the date are present. Issued for Palau, the obverse carries the excellent looking emblem of that state.

Three versions of the coin are available, all using the same base coin, just with differing finishes. One has a coloured rooster head and in another the head is gilded. The third has a gilded border instead of the head. All are well packaged in a wooden box with a certificate of authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$5 PALAU 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 35.0 mm PROOF / GILDED 1,000
$5 PALAU 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 35.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 500
$5 PALAU 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 35.0 mm PROOF / GILDED HEAD 500

AFRICAN LUNAR OUNCE

The Rwanda African Wildlife series has been incredibly popular with intricate designs and a history of premium appreciation. For the very first time in 2017, the Rwanda Lunar Ounce will launch with the Year of the Rooster. Because of the protective packaging from the mint, these coins all arrive in phenomenal condition.

OBVERSE: Features a stylized Rooster in the center of the coin. The inscriptions “Lunar Ounce”, “2017”, the Chinese sign for Rooster and the purity are listed along the rim.

REVERSE: Displays the official seal of Rwanda and the face value of 100 Francs

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
50 FRANCS RWF 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm B / UNC T.B.C.
100 FRANCS RWF 0.999 GOLD 31.1 g 40.0 mm B / UNC 100

SINGAPORE MINT LUNAR ROOSTER ROUND

The Singapore Fourth Chinese Almanac Coin Series will be issued over a span of 12 years, from 2017 to 2028. Each year’s issue will depict a zodiac animal in a park or natural landscape setting in Singapore.

To welcome the Year of the Rooster, the Monetary Authority of Singapore is proud to present the 2017 Year of the Rooster Almanac Coin Collection, the inaugural issue of the Singapore Fourth Chinese Almanac Coin Series. This issue features the Rooster with Kampong Buangkok, Singapore’s last surviving village, in the background.

The coins are available in 10 different versions, with special premium sets consisting of various coin combinations. Make these coins a part of your collection today, in a prosperous and fulfilling 2017.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$20 SINGAPORE 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF 500
$200 SINGAPORE 0.9999 GOLD 155.5 g 60.0 mm PROOF 100
$20 SINGAPORE 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.96 mm PROOF 1,500

SINGAPORE MINT LUNAR ROOSTER OCTAGON

The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion launch has become an eagerly anticipated event on the worldwide bullion calendar, particularly after the sell-out success of its gold and silver Lunar Year of the Monkey bullion coins for 2016. The Royal Mint’s ‘rooster’ is the latest in the 1,100 year-old organisation’s popular series to hit the competitive lunar bullion market.

The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion coins are struck as limited mintage one-ounce 999.9 fine gold coins, and one-ounce 999 fine silver coins, and are available to buy in tubes of 10 or 25 coins, dependent on the metal purchased.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$5 SINGAPORE 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 45.0 mm PROOF 15,000
$100 SINGAPORE 0.9999 GOLD 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF 1,000

SINGAPORE MINT LUNAR ROOSTER COLOURED

The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion launch has become an eagerly anticipated event on the worldwide bullion calendar, particularly after the sell-out success of its gold and silver Lunar Year of the Monkey bullion coins for 2016. The Royal Mint’s ‘rooster’ is the latest in the 1,100 year-old organisation’s popular series to hit the competitive lunar bullion market.

The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion coins are struck as limited mintage one-ounce 999.9 fine gold coins, and one-ounce 999 fine silver coins, and are available to buy in tubes of 10 or 25 coins, dependent on the metal purchased.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 SINGAPORE 0.999 SILVER 7.78 g 27.0 mm PROOF 30,000
$5 SINGAPORE 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 45.0 mm PROOF 15,000

SINGAPORE MINT LUNAR ROOSTER RECTANGLE

Designed by Three Degrees Creative Group, your coin commemorates the Year of the Rooster with a stylized depiction of a rooster. Detailed engraving recreates its familiar appearance and captures the essence of the animal’s character: observant, resourceful and self-assured. Other symbolic elements are artfully incorporated into the design, including the gladiolus flowers that are traditionally associated with this sign, as well as and the Chinese character for “rooster”.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$80 SINGAPORE 0.999 SILVER 1000 g 114.5 x 60.5 mm PROOF-LIKE 200
$5 SINGAPORE 0.999 SILVER 1.0 g 8.7 x 15.0 mm B / UNC 3,000

TREASURES OF OZ MIRROR ROOSTER

This astounding 65mm 1oz pure silver coin features two roosters with an intriguing mirror image finish, providing an excellent example of the Minter’s art. The coin is created in proof condition, with the Rooster on one side sculpted proof with a highly polished proof table, the other side with a frosted table and polished Rooster.

Minted by the Mint of Norway, with a tiny mintage, this Tokelau coin is definitely one to add to any lunar coin collection.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$5 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 65.0 mm PROOF 500

TREASURES OF OZ SIX-COIN SET

The 2017 Tokelau official legal tender Year of the Rooster commemorative coin set has been designated as the ‘Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Zodiac Commemorative Coin’ by Diaoyutai.

  • First time Authorised by Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
  • Issued by the Government of Tokelau
  • Quality assured by the Victoria Mint of Australia Pty Ltd
  • Six coin collection – 3 x 1oz Silver Coins and 3 x Base Metal Coins
  • Limited Edition 100,000 Coin Sets
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER x 3 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / COLOURED 100,000
$1 NEW ZEALAND BASE METAL x 3 n/a 28.0 mm UNCIRCULATED 100,000

TRANSNISTRA BANK YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

Despite being only a half-ounce of sterling silver in weight, this is one of the rarest small silver lunars on the market with just 250 samples being produced. Coming from Transnistra, not a prolific issuer of precious metal commemorative coins the coin comes with a certificate of authenticity and a small box. Strangely it is dated 2017 on the reverse and 2016 on the obverse.

REVERSE: in the center the stylized image of a rooster; above – hieroglyph symbol 2017; left inscription – “2017” at the top of the inscription – «ГОД ОГНЕННОГО ПЕТУХА» (YEAR FIERY ROOSTER).

OBVERSE: there is an image of the State Emblem Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika in the centre, circled by an inscription “ПРИДНЕСТРОВСКИЙ РЕСПУБЛИКАНСКИЙ БАНК” (Pridnestrovskiy Respublikanskiy Bank) in Cyrillic above the image along the edging and an inscription “100 РУБЛЕЙ” (100 rubles) in Cyrillic. An inscription «2016» left – the logo of the manufacturer, the state hallmark, right – designation of metal alloy.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
100 RUBLES TRANSNISTRAN 0.925 SILVER 14.14 g 32.00 mm PROOF-LIKE 250

MACAU MINT TUZKI LUNAR ROOSTER

Tuzki is a popular illustrated bunny character, created by Momo Wang, when she was an undergraduate at the Beijing Broadcasting Institute. Featured in a variety of emoticons, her character has become popular with QQ and MSN users. Nowadays Tuzki has extended his emoticon popularity to different major messaging app platforms including WeChat, KakaoTalk, Facebook and VNG Corporation’s Zalo.

OBVERSE: depicts the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by inscriptions detailing the issuer, date, denomination and composition.

REVERSE: depicts Tuzki dancing next to a singing rooster (!)

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 TVD 0.999 SILVER 15.57 g 38.00 mm PROOF 10,000

PERTH MINT LUNAR GOOD FORTUNE SET

An annual release, the Lunar Good Fortune set are a pair of coins struck in a format that the Perth Mint might well consider its signature format, a 40.6 mm diameter, one-ounce coloured silver round. Fortunately, they do them well and regular Perth Mint artist Tom Vaughan has done a fine job with these. Colourful, yet with plenty of clean background detail, the pair are packaged in a grey snapper box inside a brightly coloured shipper. A COA is included.

OBVERSE: Each coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination on its obverse.

REVERSE: Signifying wealth and prosperity the wealth coin depicts a representation of a rooster standing atop a stack of coins and holding a string of bronze ‘cash’ coins. The background features a representation of the Terracotta Army. The inscriptions WEALTH and 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

Signifying age and wisdom the wisdom coin depicts a representation of an aged rooster in a Chinese water garden sitting on a scholar’s rock. The inscriptions WISDOM and 2017 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 TUVALU (x2) 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g (x2) 40.60 mm PROOF COLOUR 1,500

PERTH MINT LUNAR CALENDAR RECTANGULAR SET

Another annual release, the Lunar Calendar set of four rectangular, coloured coins has remained a popular one. The artwork is unique to this set, done by another Perth Mint regular, Natasha Muhl. The rectangular format gives the coloured element of the design a better chance to breathe because of the expansion of the background setting and Natasha has taken good advantage.

In most other regards apart from the shape, these remain a standard Perth Mint type of coin. The long latex ‘Nimbus’ frame is a good way to display any coin, although the benefits here are a little less because the obverse design is such a common, unadventurous one. Supplied in a coloured shipper with a COA.

OBVERSE: Each coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date, and the monetary denomination on its obverse.

REVERSE: The reverse of each coin celebrates the 2017 Year of the Rooster with a design to showcase one of four different coloured roosters, which when placed together these coins form one panoramic scene. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark are also included in the design.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 TUVALU (x2) 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g (x3) 47.60 x 27.60 mm PROOF COLOUR 3,000

PERTH MINT BABY ROOSTER

The Baby Lunar range continues for 2017 with a dancing chick designed by Jennifer McKenna. One undoubtedly for the gift market rather than the outright coin collector, these half-ounce coins have been released for several years now and are obviously popular. Supplied with a COA and in a grey snapper case, all inside a coloured shipper.

There was a version of this coin released at the 2017 Beijing Coin Exposition last November and you can see the slightly different box artwork below. The coin we believe remains the same, however.

OBVERSE: Each coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination on its obverse.

REVERSE: The coin’s reverse depicts a colour representation of a baby rooster against a backdrop of flowers. The Chinese character for ‘rooster’, the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, and the 2017 year-date are also incorporated into the design.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$0.5 TUVALU 0.9999 SILVER 15.553 g 32.60 mm PROOF COLOUR 7,500

PERTH MINT CHINESE ASTROLOGICAL SERIES

One of the few unique gold designs the Perth Mint offers as opposed to the usual variants of the bullion coin design, the Chinese Astrological series is an annual three-coin set with each weighing a rather unusual fifth of an ounce. Each is themed around a different facet of the lunar concept, either prosperity, longevity or success.

Available as a three coin set with a maximum mintage of 2,000 pieces, the Prosperity coin is also available individually, which adds a further 2,000 examples of this design into the total. All are nicely presented in good quality boxes and as usual, with a COA.

OBVERSE: Each coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2017 year-date on its obverse.

REVERSE: Each coin’s reverse depicts a representation of a rooster against a backdrop of flowers. The Chinese character for either ‘Prosperity’, ‘Longevity’, or ‘Success’ is incorporated, along with the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the composition, and the 2017 year-date.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$30 TUVALU 0.9999 GOLD 6.222 g each 22.60 mm PROOF 2,000 (4,000 for Prosperity)

BANK OF UKRAINE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

A half-ounce sterling silver coin series that is both attractive and unusual. A small cubic zirconium is embedded in the eye, but it’s surprisingly unobtrusive. Designed by Volodymyr Taran, Oleksandr Kharuk and Serhii Kharuk, with engraving by Sviatoslav Ivanenko and Volodymyr Atamanchuk. The coin comes in a green snapper box with a certificate of authenticity.

REVERSE: surrounded by a conventionalized floral ornament is an image of the rooster, done in a lubok printing style. The rooster`s eye is decorated with a yellow cubic zirconium oxide. Above and below this composition there are sketches of all the 12 symbols of the Chinese calendar.

OBVERSE: above is Ukraine`s small coat of arms, beneath which is the legend НАЦІОНАЛЬНИЙ БАНК/УКРАЇНИ (National Bank of Ukraine); in the center surrounded by a conventionalized floral ornament is the coin face value 5/ГРИВЕНЬ (5/hryvnias); below is the coin issue year – 2017, the coin`s metal – Ag 925, fine weight – 15.55 g, and the mint mark of the NBU Banknote Printing and Minting Works.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
5 HRYVNIA 0.925 SILVER 15.55 g 33.00 mm PROOF 20,000

ROYAL MINT LUNAR SHENGXIAO PROOF

Known as The Shēngxiào (or Chinese zodiac) Collection, The Royal Mint’s lunar coins are produced specifically for the United Kingdom, and blend Chinese tradition with British craftsmanship. This year sees the introduction of a UK kilo coin to The Shēngxiào for the first time.

British-Chinese artist and printmaker Wuon-Gean Ho, designer of The Royal Mint’s lunar collection, has incorporated clever wordplay into her 2017 design – a British breed Marsh Daisy rooster is pictured alongside ten blooms of the plant of the same name, which is often known by the familiar name of Sea-thrift. The word ‘thrift’ can also refer to wise use of money. “Sea-thrift is common to the areas where these birds live.” said Wuon-Gean.

The coins are supplied in bold red packaging, together with a booklet that reveals the customs that inspired the artist. All coins in the range are limited, with mintages featuring the number ‘8’ thought to be lucky in Chinese culture.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
£2 UKP 0.999 SILVER 31.21 g 38.61 mm PROOF 8,054
£10 UKP 0.999 SILVER 156.295 g 65.00 mm PROOF 588
£500 UKP 0.999 SILVER 1000.5 g 100.00 mm PROOF 88
£10 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 3.13 g 16.50 mm B/UNC 1,888
£100 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 31.21 g 32.69 mm PROOF 888
£500 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 156.295 g 65.00 mm PROOF 38
£1000 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 1000.5 g 100.00 mm PROOF 8

ROYAL MINT LUNAR SHENGXIAO BULLION

The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion launch has become an eagerly anticipated event on the worldwide bullion calendar, particularly after the sell-out success of its gold and silver Lunar Year of the Monkey bullion coins for 2016. The Royal Mint’s ‘rooster’ is the latest in the 1,100 year-old organisation’s popular series to hit the competitive lunar bullion market.

The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion coins are struck as limited mintage one-ounce 999.9 fine gold coins, and one-ounce 999 fine silver coins, and are available to buy in tubes of 10 or 25 coins, dependent on the metal purchased.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
£2 UKP 0.999 SILVER 31.21 g 38.61 mm BULLION 138,888
£100 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 31.21 g 38.61 mm BULLION 8,888