Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster

The Australian half ounce silver piece (abbreviated as 1/2 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a bullion and commemorative coin format. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints authorised to strike legal tender: the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint which only makes collector and bullion coins, as well as other bullion products.

Both mints endeavour to create coins with attractive designs, and to introduce new designs and themes often, in order to raise the numismatic value of the coins over the value of previous metal used.

This coin was issued as part of the Lunar Series II range of coins to mark the 2017 Chinese Year of the Rooster (28 January 2017 - 15 February 2018). It is a high relief version of the silver ounce - thicker and with smaller diameter.

The Mint says:
In 2017, we celebrate the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be hardworking, loyal, honest, and sociable.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2017 50 CENTS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "1/2oz 9999 Ag" means "one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% silver" (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2017 50 CENTS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a rooster, a hen, and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers.

Above left, the Chinese character for rooster, . The Perth Mint's P mint mark is on the left.

Around below, the inscription Year of the Rooster.

Reverse Inscription 雞 Year of the Rooster
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 0.500
Finish: bullion (Brilliant uncirculated).

See also

Year of the Rooster 2017 coins issued by the Perth Mint include:
- Australia, Gold Two Ounces ($200), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Gold Ounce ($100) with coloured version, Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Gold Ounce High Relief ($100), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Gold Half Ounce ($50), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Gold Quarter Ounce ($25), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce ($15), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce ($5), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Kilo ($30), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Ten Ounces ($10), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces ($8), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces ($2), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Ounce Bullion ($1), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Ounce High Relief ($1), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Ounce ($1) with Opal, Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, Silver Half Ounce (50 Cents), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Australia, $1 AlBr, Year of the Rooster, 2017
- Tuvalu, Fifth-Ounce Gold, Year of the Rooster 2017 - Prosperity
- Tuvalu, Fifth-Ounce Gold, Year of the Rooster 2017 - Longevity
- Tuvalu, Fifth-Ounce Gold, Year of the Rooster 2017 - Success
- Tuvalu, Silver Ounce Coloured ($1), Good Fortune - Wealth, 2017
- Tuvalu, Silver Ounce Coloured ($1), Good Fortune - Wisdom, 2017
- Tuvalu, Silver Ounce Coloured Rectangle ($1), Rooster #1, 2017
- Tuvalu, Silver Ounce Coloured Rectangle ($1), Rooster #2, 2017
- Tuvalu, Silver Ounce Coloured Rectangle ($1), Rooster #3, 2017
- Tuvalu, Silver Ounce Coloured Rectangle ($1), Rooster #4, 2017

Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Images Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster / Proof - obverse photo Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 8,000
Details

In red and black clam-shell display case and illustrated lunar-themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Perth Mint SKU: 2S1716EAAA. Issue price: AU$ 74.00

Also in sets.

In Set Australian Lunar Series II 2017 Year of the Rooster Silver Proof Three-Coin Set, mintage unknown
3 coins: 2 oz Silver, 1 oz Silver, 1/2 oz Silver
All (39) coins of type: Silver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Half Ounce 2011 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 999 SILVER 2011 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2013 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2013 · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 999 Ag 2014 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2014 Merry Christmas 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 999 SILVER 2014 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2015 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 999 Ag 2015 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 999 Ag 2016 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2016 Tiger Shark unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 2017 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2017 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2017 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2018 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2019 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2019 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2020 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Qantas unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Year of the Rat - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Emu in the Sky 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 The Seven Sisters 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2020 Kangaroos at Dawn 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2021 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Kangaroo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Koala 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Dingo 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Tasmanian Devil 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Dreaming Down Under - Wombat 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 2021 AUSTRALIA · 50 CENTS ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Ginger Meggs - 1921 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Ginger Meggs - 2021 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2021 The Shark in the Stars 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2021 Mungo Footprints 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Newborn Baby unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2 OZ 9999 Ag 2022 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Year of the Tiger - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Kangaroo Bounding 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2022 CWA Centenary 2,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Silver Half Ounce 2022 Commonwealth Games 2,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit - Ingot unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 1 DOLLAR ·
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Silver Half Ounce 2017 Year of the Rooster: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerThomas Vaughan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size36.600 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-VLJK-EXGL
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