2020 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat, and a new Chinese Lunar calendar cycle. The Rat is the first of 12 animals to appear in the lunar calendar. The Chinese Lunar calendar follows the moon's cycle instead of the sun, with a 12 month year and a 13 month leap year. The Lunar calendar that is celebrated in the Perth Mint's Lunar cycle silver coin series is the Chinese Zodiac cycle, where each year is represented by a different animal. These include: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.
Today the Georgian calendar is primarily used worldwide, however the Chinese lunar calendar is still used to recognise certain holidays and festivals. Many people also like to follow the Lunar Calendar for its horoscopic like predictions.
The Year of the Rat
The Rat is symbolic of wealth and abundance, and signifies financial success. According to Chinese tradition, those born into the Year of the Rat inherit many positive traits, including an outgoing and gregarious personality, intelligence and a positive outlook. Those born into the year of the rate are considered to be very popular and skilled at social interaction.
Design of the Series III Lunar Silver Year of the Rat Coins
The Year of the Rat is also referred to as the Year of the Mouse. These coins feature an image of two rats standing on two ears of corn. One Mouse's tail is curled toward the bottom of the coin, and the other mouse's tail curls towards the top. Both mice sit upon a single ear of corn, while eating kernels from the second ear. One mouse holds a kernel of corn in his claws, while the second picks one off with his teeth. The word 'Mouse' is written on the right of the image, with the year '2020' located just below. This image is the same on all sizes of the Lunar III series silver coin.
About Perth Mint Silver Bullion
Perth Mint silver bullion coins all contain 9999 fine silver bullion, and are considered to be legal tender by the government of Australia. Perth Mint silver coins generally have a face value of $1 AUD for a 1 ounce coin, and $30 AUD for a 1 kilogram coin. All Perth Mint silver is considered to be very high quality, and meet the standards of the London Bullion Marke Association (LBMA), the Comex, and the SNB. This means that all three associations formally recognise bullion manufactured by the Perth Mint.
Other Bullion Manufactured by the Perth Mint
For those looking to purchase other silver bullion coins from the Perth Mint, a wide range of coins is available. The Perth Mint launched the silver Kookaburra coin in 1990, followed by the silver Koala coin, which was launched in 2007. Both these coins are available in a range of sizes, including 1 ounce and 1 kilogram sizes. In response to the popularity of the gold Kangaroo coin, the Perth Mint also launched the silver Kangaroo coin in 2016. All silver coins issued by the Perth Mint a re very popular and have a large following among silver investors and silver stackers.
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