Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from Solomon Islands - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from Solomon Islands
CoinGold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit

Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Solomon Islands has authorised a number of mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - such as one ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum). These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself.

This coin is dedicated to the 2023 Lunar Year of the Rabbit (22 January 2023 - 9 February 2024); the rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac calendar.

Those born under the sign of the Rabbit in the years 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963 and in every 12th year before are considered to be talented and ambitious. The Rabbit is popular everywhere and a good companion, distinguished especially by its patience and good nature. Rabbits are known for their sense of art and often make the right decisions based on their instincts. Despite their popularity, they shy away from change and are often insecure and rather pessimistic.

MintPAMP Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage150
Obverse
Solomon Islands / Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit - 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 · SOLOMON ISLANDS 2023 · 25 DOLLARS · 1 oz 9999 GOLD ·.

The legend also incorporates the metal content: "1 oz 9999 GOLD" means "one troy ounce of 99.99% gold".

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · SOLOMON ISLANDS 2023 · 25 DOLLARS · 1 oz 9999 GOLD ·
Reverse
Solomon Islands / Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit - reverse photo

The reverse design features two little rabbits surrounded by the blossoms of a cherry tree. In a square above right, the Chinese character for "rabbit": .

The rabbits and the character are plated in platinum.

Reverse Inscription
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Notes

Finish: proof, platinum plating.
Packaging: in display box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: 28 October 2022.

The coin was issued after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and during the reign of King Charles III, but carries the effigy of the late Queen.

See also

Coins in the PAMP Lunar Series include:
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Horse, Niue 2014
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Goat, Niue 2015
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Monkey, Niue 2016
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Rooster, Niue 2017
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Dog, Niue 2018
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Pig, Niue 2019
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Rat, Niue 2020
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, The Great Lunar Race, Niue 2021
- 1 oz Gold Coloured, Year of the Tiger, Niue 2022
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Tiger, Niue 2022
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Year of the Tiger, Niue 2022
- 1 oz Gold Platinum Plated, Year of the Rabbit, Solomon Islands 2023
- 5 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Rabbit, Solomon Islands 2023
- 1 oz Silver Gilded, Year of the Rabbit, Solomon Islands 2023

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Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit: Details
CountrySolomon Islands
CurrencySolomon Islands Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz),
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value25 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage150
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-BBLA-EJZN
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