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|2008 Australian Year of the Rat Silver Bullion Coins|
Ahead of its Time - In Stock Now
The 2008 Australian Year of the Rat silver bullion coins has been released early!
The Perth Mint in Western Australia has decided to synchronise its gold and silver Lunar Calendar bullion coin series. Because its gold series started in 1996, and its silver series did not start until 1999, the two series are three years out of phase with each other. Obviously, the coins relate to their correct years, but the start and end of the coins cycle is different. To correct this, the Perth Mint have decided to issue the 2008 Year of the Rat, 2009 Year of the Ox, and 2010 Year of the Tiger silver coins between 23rd July 2007 and 31st August 2007.
The obverses of these coins are dated 2007, the actual year of issue, while the reverse shows the main Lunar Calendar date 2008
Please see also our 2008 Silver Rat Series II page.
Year of the Rat Dates
The Chinese year 4706 is the year of the rat, and runs from February 7th 2008 to January 25th 2009.
One Ounce Silver Bullion Coins
Australia first issued a one ounce silver bullion coin, the Kookaburra, in 1990.
In 1999, it was decided to issue a silver Chinese Lunar Year series of silver bullion coins, following the success of the gold versions which started in 1996.
7 or 8 Sizes of Silver Bullion Coins
In 1992, the Perth Mint introduced large silver bullion coins, in weights of two ounce, ten ounces and one kilogramme (31.1 ounces). For lunar silver coins, there is also a half ounce version, a 5 ounce, and a half kilo.
This years "Chinese Lunar Year" series is available in only three weights, the one ounce, two ounce and one kilo.
For detailed specifications, please see our Specifications of Australian Silver Bullion Coins page.
Many people ask us for next year's coins in the approach to New Year, and we believe that these will be very popular this year.
The Australian coins are made to very high standards of design and production. Each coin also comes in its own protective plastic capsule.
Prices & Availability
As these are bullion coins, prices fluctuate with changes in the underlying bullion market price of silver.
|Size||Availability||Price £||Price US $||Price €|
|Half Ounce||Not Produced||£Ask||$Ask||€Ask|
|5 Ounce||Not Produced||£TBA||$Ask||€Ask|
|10 Ounce||Not Produced||£TBA||$Ask||€Ask|
|1/2 Kilo||Not Produced||£TBA||$Ask||€Ask|
|10 Kilo||To Order||£Ask||$Ask||€Ask|
2008 Silver Kookaburra
Available in Autumn 2007!
We will also have the 2008 Australian silver Kookaburras in stock in September / October 2007.
2008 Gold Year of the Rat
Available Autumn 2007!
We also have the 2008 gold Year of the Rat coins in stock in September / October 2007.
2008 Australian Gold Nugget
Available Autumn 2007!
We also have the 2008 gold Nuggets in stock in September / October 2007.
Order Form - UK
Order Form - USA
Order Form - EU
Order Form - Rest of World
Australian Coins Index
Australian Silver Kookaburras One Ounce
Other Silver Bullion Coins
Other 2008 Coins
If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth?
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