10 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Rat - Gold Proof

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 10 Dollars
10.00 AUD = 7.84 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Gold (.9999)
Weight 3.135 g
Diameter 17.53 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 190465
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References KM# 1057
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Year of the Rat

Series: Lunar series II

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2008
10 DOLLARS
IRB

Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Rat with authentic Chinese symbols all in a symmetrical design. No Chinese character

Lettering:
2008
YEAR OF THE RAT

Designer: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

Reeded

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

In 2007 the RAM launched an on-going series of Fine Gold (.999) NCLT Proof ten dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. This second coin in the series was issued in a capsule in a wooden box.

Aluminium-bronze & Fine Silver (.999) $1 versions of the coin were also issued.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Rat" are sensitive, imaginative and charming. they are generous to their loved ones, but can be quick-tempered.

Interestingly this is the only coin in the series that does not have an actual Chinese Character (for rat) on it. All the others do have a Chinese Character for the animal they depict.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008  2 500 Proof in Case

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