- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are money. The Silver Lunar Series was introduced for the first time in 1999 and every silver coin in the series, including the Year of the Mouse, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are rare. Issued only once since the Lunar Series started, in 2008, the one-ounce Year of the Mouse coin is one of the rarest legal tender .999 fine silver bullion coins to be issued in the 21st century with a mintage of only 359,623 silver pieces.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the mouse are generally perceived to be shrewd, quick-witted, and highly curious, which tends to make them somewhat persuasive and charming in specific situations.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are great gifts for your loved ones. Give a tribute to the ones you appreciate by marking their virtues and year of birth in pure .999 fine silver, a gift that will stay with them forever.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are made in proof condition. Minted with such high quality, brilliance and rich detail, it becomes hard not to call it “my precious”.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the mouse that varies every 12th year, its maximum mintage limit, and its quality, purity and legal tender status mean that the coin has a considerable premium over its melt value in the secondary market.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coins are internationally recognised. By being part of the Australian Silver Lunar Series which has been in continuous production for 15 years, and by portraying motifs of the famous Chinese zodiac and the effigy of the most powerful and longest serving queen in the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Lunar Year of the Mouse silver coin is recognised throughout the globe by bullion dealers and collectors alike.
The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Australia’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Australia has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”. Inscribed below the effigy is the denomination, the year of mintage, weight and purity of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse displays two mice standing in hay with two pumpkins in the background. Inscribed above is the Chinese character for “mouse”, and to the left is the letter “P” which stands for Perth Mint. Below the mice is the text “Year of the Mouse”.