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Year of the Rat



The Chinese Year of the Rat is the first of a twelve year cycle of the Chinese calendar and to commemorate this the Royal Australian Mint issued this stunning edition. The Chinese Zodiac is composed of 12 animals arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. The order was established by a race between the animals, thousands of years ago orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. Chinese astrology and the Chinese zodiac are commemorated by The Australian Lunar Coin sequence. The 12-year sequence features coin releases marking the Year of the Mouse, Year of the Ox, Year of the Tiger, Year of the Rabbit, Year of the Dragon, Year of the Snake, Year of the Horse, Year of the Goat, Year of the Monkey, Year of the Rooster, Year of the Dog and Year of the Pig.

The 2008 Chinese Year of the Rat began on the 7th February but the real Chinese year is 4706. It is normally the darkest day of the month that the Chinese year will start and Chinese people celebrate up until the brightest day of the month around two weeks later. Some famous people born in the rat year are William Shakespeare, Wolfgang Mozart and Prince Charles (Travel China Guide, 2014). Since 1996, the Royal Australian Mint has been producing commemorative coins celebrating the famous Chinese Calendar with lunar designs. The designs of each animal varies year to year.

This 2008 Year of the Rat is the 1st year of the lunar series. The reverse was designed by Vladimir Gottwald and shows a rat in the centre and surrounded by Chinese decorations. It shows the year 2008 and the inscription YEAR OF THE RAT . The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II along with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008. The Year of the Rat dictates that your characteristics would include confidence, honesty, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility, vitality, good instincts and can be stubborn and talkative. They would be considered to be unromantic, but they are sensual and loving. Rat people could be hard to see through at first glance, because they are also very protective, but even though they are not easy to understand, they are worth getting to know well as their loyalty and devotion to their families is endless. People born in a rat year are most compatible with dragon people. However it is thought that they should not be with rabbit people and never with horse people.

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coin(Travel China Guide, 2014)
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692008 20,359          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2008 Silver Proof5,250      Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.