2020 Australia $5 1-oz Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Dome Proof NGC PF70UC First Releases w/Rat Label

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Unique “Domed” Proof Honors the Year of the Rat

Despite their ability to scare the bejeezus out of people and a less-than stellar reputation, rats are not universally disliked. In fact, many civilizations rather like rats. In China, for example, the rat is viewed as a symbol of intelligence and fertility — and no wonder: rodentologists estimate that female rats can give birth to thousands of offspring during their lifespan. In addition to intelligence and fertility, rats are also admired in Chinese culture for their perceived link between the natural and spirit worlds, a supernatural gift that gives them the uncanny ability to predict when natural disasters are about to happen.

With all that in mind, it’s easy to see why the rat is the first sign of the Chinese Zodiac, a 12-year lunar calendar that predicts one’s skills, character traits and destiny in life, love and happiness. According to the Zodiac, people lucky enough to be born in the year of the rat are said to possess qualities of creativity, honesty, generosity and ambition. And now, those lucky enough to have heard about this offer can be first in line to secure this exciting new Lunar Year of the Rat coin from the prestigious Royal Australian Mint!

Struck in a full ounce of highly pure 99.9% silver, this one-year-only release depicts an inquisitive rat scurrying across a lychee vine with the Chinese symbol for “rat” engraved below besides the words YEAR OF THE RAT along with the coin’s weight and metal purity on its unique concave domed reverse. The lychee is a juicy fruit that has come to symbolize summer and a wish for children, thus giving it a role in marriage and fertility rites. And, when combined with water chestnuts, the lychee also symbolizes cleverness. The coin’s convex obverse is just as symbolic features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a circle comprised of the 12 animals of the Chinse zodiac.

This $5 legal-tender 2020 Australia One-Ounce Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Domed also comes in fabulous proof condition, meaning that it was expertly crafted from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields. In fact, your 2020 Australia One-Ounce Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Dome Proof has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (MGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition, a distinction that means your perfectly-graded proof will have ZERO imperfections – showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended.

In addition, NGC has certified that your proof is a First Releases (FR) coin, a designation that means it coin received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within the first 30 days of the its release. Collectors seek out these coins because they are produced with new dies and considered to have sharper strikes and deeper mirrors than those that are struck later It will come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with an exclusive year of the Rat label.

Just 7,500 of these awesome proofs will ever be struck for worldwide release, so if you’re a rat, know someone born during the year of the rat, or just want to add a fabulous coin to your collection, then this coin is for you!

  • STUNNING TRIBUTE TO THE YEAR OF THE RAT – This one-year-only release depicts an inquisitive rat scurrying across a lychee vine with the Chinese symbol for “rat” engraved below besides the words YEAR OF THE RAT and the coin’s weight and metal purity. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a circle comprised of the 12 animals of the Chinse zodiac.
  • STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – Each 2020 Australia Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Dome Proof was struck in a full ounce of highly pure 99.9% silver and measures 39.62 mm in diameter.
  • AUSTRALIAN LEGAL TENDER – These 2020 Australia One-Ounce Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Dome Proofs are $5 legal tender in Australia.
  • GRADED IN PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Your 2020 Australia One-Ounce Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Dome Proof has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition.
  • KEY FIRST RELEASES CERTIFICATION – NGC has certified that your proof is a First Releases (FR) coin. It will come sonically sealed in an acrylic holder with an exclusive year of the Rat label.
  • LOW WORLDWIDE LIMITED EDITION – The worldwide limited edition for this proof has been set at just 7,500 and each coin in this offer comes in its original government packaging from the Royal Australian Mint.

With just 7,500 of these spectacular, one-year-only 2020 Australia One-Ounce Silver Lunar Year of the Rat Dome-shaped Proofs available for the entire world, this unique Chinese Zodiac-themed release will go quickly so reserve yours now!

Year of Issue 2020
Country Australia
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9990
Condition Graded, Proof
Grade PF70UCAM
Pedigree First Releases
Denomination 5.00
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name Royal Australian Mint
Coin Weight 31.103 Grams - g
Weight 1 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 39.6mm