This select $5 silver domed coin celebrates the 2020 Year of the Rat in the Chinese lunar calendar. Featuring a magnificent obverse design of the twelve-year lunar calendar wheel, this coin would make an ideal gift to wish Fu (Happiness), Lu (Wealth) and Shou (Longevity) to all in the Year of the Rat.
The Rat is the first sign of the twelve-year lunar calendar: this reflects the traditional story of how the Jade Emperor had the twelve animals of the zodiac race across a river to decide what order they would go in. Clever Rat hitched a ride on the strong Ox and managed to come first. People born under the sign of the Rat are also considered to be clever, quick-witted and resourceful.
The year 2020 falls under the sign of the metal Rat. People born under this sign are talented, self-aware and persuasive, with the gift of a silver tongue. This silver domed coin is the ideal gift for anyone born under the sign of the Rat. It is also traditional to exchange gifts of coins during the internationally recognised Chinese New Year celebration.
- 1oz of silver in a magnificent domed proof finish
- Features the lunar calendar wheel on the obverse
- Reverse features a clever rat surrounded by auspicious lychee
- Presented in a display case with outer box
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Coin’s obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Jody Clark and an auspicious lychee
- Reverse design: B. King
- Mint: Royal Australian Mint
- Issue year: 2020
- Metal: 99.9% silver
- Finish: Proof
- Denominations: $5
- Mintage: 7,500
- Minimum weight: 1oz
- Maximum diameter: 39.62mm