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