Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit

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 half-ounce silver coin with a face value of 50 Cents was issued as part of the Perth Mint's Lunar Series III to mark the Chinese Year of the Rabbit (22 January 2023 - 9 February 2024).

The Mint says about it:
First issued in 1996 and now in its third round, the long-running Australian Lunar Coin Series portrays the 12 animals of the ancient lunar zodiac. Annual designs featuring the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig are depicted in sequence according to the position they finished in the emperor’s Great Race.

In fourth position was the rabbit, which is said to bestow intelligence, creativity, vigilance, and compassion on those born under its influence in 2023 and every 12th preceding year.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1/2oz 9999 Ag 50 CENTS
Reverse
Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin portrays an alert rabbit with its ears erect, and another rabbit stretching towards a budding branch.

Above right, the Chinese character for "rabbit": , below which, RABBIT and 2023.

The mint mark P of the Perth Mint is below right. The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are at the base of the branch above right.

The face value and the precious metal content are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 兔 RABBIT 2023
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Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 0.500
Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in acrylic capsule.
Perth Mint SKU: 3S2306EAAX
Date of issue: 27 September 2022 (proof), 17 October 2022 (bullion).
Issue price: AU$ 22.40

For additional peace of mind, this 1/2oz coin incorporates an authentication feature in the form of a micro-laser engraved letter. Detectable under a magnifying glass, it is designed to make it significantly more difficult for the coin to be counterfeited.

Bullion mintage is unlimited; proofs are limited to a total of 5,000.

The series had been announced earlier, but its release was delayed until 27 September 2022 due to a period of mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II; her effigy is on the coins even though they were technically issued when King Charles III was already on the throne.

See also

Year of the Rabbit 2023 coins issued by the Perth Mint include:
- Australia, Platinum Ounce Bullion ($100), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Ten Ounces Bullion ($1,000), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Two Ounces Bullion ($200), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Ounce Bullion ($100) with proof version, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Half Ounce Bullion ($50), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Quarter Ounce Bullion ($25) with proof version, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Tenth-Ounce Bullion ($15) with proof version, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Gold Twentieth-Ounce Bullion ($5), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Ten Kilos Bullion ($300), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Kilo Bullion ($30), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces Bullion ($8), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Five Ounces Proof High Relief ($8), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Two Ounces Bullion ($2) with proof version, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Ounce Bullion ($1) with proof and coloured proof versions, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Ounce Proof High Relief ($1), Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Half Ounce Bullion (50 Cents) with proof version, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- Australia, Silver Quarter Ounce Coloured (25 Cents), Year of the Rabbit 2023

Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Images Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit / Proof - obverse photo Australia / Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 5,000 (included in total). Mintage limit: 5,000
Details

Accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity, the coin comes in classic display case featuring a clear magnetic lid adorned with a geometric design. The case is housed in an illustrated shipper portraying the final stage of the race, during which the rabbit called upon its resourcefulness to successfully cross a river. Each shipper in the series can be arrayed together to form a diorama depicting the exploits of all 12 auspicious animals.

Perth Mint SKU: 3S2316EAAA. Issue price: AU$ 74.00.

Proof mintage includes 4,000 individually boxed proof coins plus 1,000 in sets.

In Set Australian Lunar Series III 2023 Year of the Rabbit Silver Proof Three-Coin Set, mintage unknown
3 coins: Silver Two Ounces ($2), Year of the Rabbit 2023, Silver Ounce ($1), Year of the Rabbit 2023, Silver Half Ounce (50 cents), Year of the Rabbit 2023
All (41) 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 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait 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 2022 ABC Anniversary 5,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Half Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown 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 2023 Year of the Rabbit: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness2.900 mm
Mass15.553 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-XMMB-ONZB
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