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Modern World Silver Bullion

Owner:  Revenant
Last Modified:  11/27/2012
Set Description
I've always loved large silver coins. I used to see old silver dollars in coin stores as a kid and thought they were just awesome. They are, in my opinion, the ultimate presentation pieces. They are large enough to feature a variety of different, complex, detailed designs and cheap enough for the average collector to afford and enjoy.

I started collecting modern silver bullion issues just before turning 21. My original idea only included the silver American Eagles. It was a fairly modest goal. The series only included about 25 coins, none of which were particularly expensive. I initially made the decision to collect the silver Eagles because their mintage started the same year I was born. I thought it would be cool to have a complete set with coins dated for every year of my life. How many collectors get to build a set of coins that started on the year of their birth that is very affordable and available?

As I collected the silver Eagles, I became aware of more series of government issued bullion coins made in several countries across the globe. These included Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, Austria and Great Britain. I found out that many of these series had also been started in the 1980s or early 1990s. Realizing this, I was inspired to expand the concept and scope of the set. I've always thought it would be great to take very similar coins from the same period, but which came from different parts of the world, and compare them. A country will tend to put the most cherished aspects of its culture and history on its coins. Coins are a symbol of value so they are decorated with images of what the people value. These generally include highly symbolic images, prominent or historical figures, iconic places, and significant events which shaped the nation. This seems especially true of collectable issues like the modern bullion coins. Comparing the imagery of these coins can say a lot about the different countries, their culture, their values, and where the people get their sense of national pride. Even if the coin itself is not particularly revealing, it can provoke the curiosity of the viewer and make them want to learn more. The set has certainly inspired me. As part of the set, I'm trying to find information on the origin of each series and the symbolism of each design. In the case of a long series of coins, the first 1 or 2 coins in that set will offer general commentary on the series. Most of the others will usually have relatively little commentary specific to that issue. There are exceptions though.

These issues feature the best artwork currently being put on coins by the various government mints. The designs are almost universally stunning. The images are detailed and dynamic. They're struck with one of the most reflective and lustrous metals in the world. Some like the American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf remain basically unchanged from year to year. Minor details or the surface finish might be changed but the design as a whole usually doesn't. Other series, including the Australian Kookaburras and the Chinese Pandas, will have different designs on one or both sides every year but still maintain a unifying theme. A dynamic design certainly enhances the overall collectability of the series. That classic obsessive mentality kicks in and most collectors will immediately want to have the whole set. I don't think that I'll ever "complete" this set. It'll probably just keep growing until I'm too old or too broke to add to it.

The coins are arranged in what I hope will be a fairly easy to follow system. They are sorted based upon (either) the continent or the global region from which they originated. Within each region, the coins are arranged alphabetically by country. For each country, sets are grouped together with the coins in order of mintage. If a country has produced more than one series, the sets are arranged with the series that began first being listed first. If a country has single-year issues in addition to a series, the single-year issues will be shown last, in chronological order.

I'm thankful to all of those who have helped with this set by either providing information, directing me to it, locating coins or offering them for sale. With their permission, I've recognized their help and contributions on individual coin descriptions in this set.

Set Goals
1 troy ounce silver bullion coins produced by various countries since 1980.

Slot Name
Origin/Country
Item Description
Full Grade
Owner Comments
Pics
View Coin Maple Leaf 1988-1989 CANADA - BULLION S$5 1989 MAPLE LEAF NGC MS 68 Early portrait of the youthful Queen Elizabeth II. Canada was one of the "last of the first" to produce government issued silver bullion coins. This idea seemingly traveled north with Mexico being the first to fine silver bullion coins in 1983. The United States followed in 1986. Canada would not issue its first Silver Maple Leaf until 1988. Even so, the Maple Leaf preceded the silver Britannia by almost 10 years and the New Zealand Kiwi by over 15 years.

Canada was not completely outdone however. Mexico, the United States, and almost all the other government mints to issue 1 oz silver coins have struck them with a purity of 0.9990, the standard for "fine silver." The Royal Canadian Mint produced its new Maple Leaf coins with a purity standard of 0.9999 and has bragged about it as the "purest of the bullion coins" for 20 years.

The Maple Leaf also claims the highest face value of any current silver bullion issue. Most other countries set the face value of the coins very low. The United States and Australia both went with $1. China chose 10 Yuan. Mexico took the high road and simply denominated the coin in ounces. These values were generally chosen to guarantee that the coin's melt or bullion value never dropped below the face value. Canada chose a denomination of $5. Given the typical value of silver vs the Canadian dollar, the coin has never been at much risk of circulating. Even so, this is still an interesting feature for the coin to claim.

Like many parts of the former British empire Canada still places the official portrait of the English monarch on its coins today. The official portrait has been changed twice since the series began, once around 1990 and in 2004. Each time the coin changed to depict a more mature portrait of the aging Queen Elizabeth II. The first portrait shows the queen to be fairly young.

Some might wonder, why a maple leaf? Some believe that the maple has been a Canadian symbol in one form or another since the 1700's. There are 10 species of maple native to Canada and at least one of them grows in every province. Over the centuries it has evolved into a symbol of national unity in a country constantly struggling with internal cultural divides. It was popular among French-Canadians of the 18th century. Alexander Muir composed "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867 and it became an unofficial anthem for the English-speaking population. It appeared on the coat of arms of both Ontario and Quebec in 1868 and was added to the Canadian coat of arms in 1921. The Maple Leaf became the central national symbol in 1965 and it was added to the flag at that time. It has subsequently come to be used in the logos of Canadian companies and sports teams.

The Maple Leaf Forever by Alexander Muir
In Days of yore,
From Britain's shore
Wolfe the dauntless hero came
And planted firm Britannia's flag
On Canada's fair domain.
Here may it wave,
Our boast, our pride
And joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwined,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

[CHORUS]
The Maple Leaf
Our Emblem Dear,
The Maple Leaf Forever.
God save our Queen and heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

At Queenston Heights and Lundy's Lane
Our brave fathers side by side
For freedom's home and loved ones dear,
Firmly stood and nobly died.
And so their rights which they maintained,
We swear to yeild them never.
Our watchword ever more shall be
The Maple Leaf Forever

[CHORUS]

Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound
May peace forever be our lot
And plenty a store abound
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever
And flourish green for freedom's home
The Maple Leaf Forever

[CHORUS]

Year (Mintage)
1988 (1,155,931)
1989 (3,332,200)
1990 (1,708,800)
1991 (644,300)
1992 (343,800)
1993 (1,133,900)
1994 (889,946)
1995 (326,244)
1996 (250,445)
1997 (100,970)
1998 (591,359)
1999 (1,229,442)
2000 (403,652)
2001 (398,563)
2002 (576,196)
2003 (684,750)
2004 (680,925)
2005 (955,694)
2006 (2,464,727)
2007 (3,526,052)
2008 (?)
2009 (?)
View Coin Maple Leaf 1990-2003 CANADA - BULLION S$5 1999 MAPLE LEAF NGC MS 69 A second, matured portrait of the queen used through the 1990s and early 2000s. The portrait of the queen was updated around 1990 to reflect the aging of the monarch. The queen now seems middle-aged .
View Coin Maple Leaf 2004-Present CANADA - BULLION S$5 2007 MAPLE LEAF NGC MS 68 A third, more mature, official portrait of the queen. The portrait of the queen was updated again around 2004 to reflect the aging of the monarch. The queen is now shown as an old woman. Given her advanced age and the duration of use of the last portrait, this may be the last portrait of Queen Elizabeth II used on this series.
Pre-Libertad Mexican Silver Round Minted in 1949, 1979, and 1980
Libertad 1982-1989 Small Diameter; Lettered Edge
Libertad 1990 Small Diameter; Reeded Edge
View Coin Libertad 1991-1995 MEXICO - 1905 TO DATE 1 Onza 1992Mo Silver NGC MS 66
Libertad 1996-1999 Large Diameter; Large Eagle Obverse
View Coin 1986-2007 American Eagle UNITED STATES S$1 1996 EAGLE NGC MS 69 This was ordered 4/27/08 with the 2008 W coin to make the set complete and up to date until 2009.
View Coin 2008-Present American Eagle UNITED STATES S$1 2008 EAGLE EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This is the 23rd coin purchased for the set, ordered on March 3, 2008.
View Coin 2006-2007 Burnished American Eagle UNITED STATES S$1 2006 W EAGLE BURNISHED SILVER EAGLE EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This is the 18th coin purchased for the set, purchased on December 21, 2007.
View Coin 2008-Present Burnished American Eagle UNITED STATES S$1 2008 W EAGLE BURNISHED SILVER EAGLE EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This was ordered 4/27/08 with the 1996 coin to make the set complete and up to date until 2009.
View Coin 2008 Shawnee Nation UNITED STATES S$1 2008 SHAWNEE NATION BATTLE OF POINT PLEASANT NGC MS 69 "The Battle of Point Pleasant" - *I'm using the seller's pics as stand-ins until I can image the coin myself.

The Battle of Point Pleasant, known as the Battle of Kanawha in some older accounts, was the only major battle of “Dunmore's War.” It was fought on October 10, 1774, primarily between Virginia militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Along the Ohio River near modern Point Pleasant, West Virginia, American Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Andrew Lewis, hoping to halt Lewis's advance into the Ohio Country.

Colonel Andrew Lewis, in command of about 1,100 men, was part of a planned two-pronged Virginian invasion of the Ohio Country. He anticipated linking up with another force commanded by Lord Dunmore, who was marching west from Fort Pitt, then known as Fort Dunmore. Dunmore's plan was to march into the Ohio Country and force the Indians to accept Ohio River boundary which had been negotiated with the Iroquois in the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix.

Shawnees had not been consulted in that treaty, however, and many did not want to surrender their lands south of the Ohio River without a fight. Officials of the British Indian Department, led by Sir William Johnson until his death in July 1774, worked to diplomatically isolate the Shawnees from other American Indians. As a result, when the war began, Shawnees had few allies other than a few Mingos.

Cornstalk, the Shawnee leader, moved to intercept Lewis's army, hoping to prevent the Virginians from linking up. Estimates of the size of Cornstalk's force have varied over the years, but scholars now suspect Cornstalk was greatly outnumbered, having around 300-500 warriors. Future notable Shawnee leader Blue Jacket probably took part in the battle.

Cornstalk's forces attacked Lewis's camp where the Kanawha River flows into the Ohio River, hoping to trap him along a bluff. The battle lasted for hours and was extremely intense; the fighting eventually became hand-to-hand. Cornstalk's voice was reportedly heard over the din of the battle, repeatedly urging his warriors to "be strong." Lewis sent several companies along the Kanawha and up a nearby creek in order to attack the Indians from the rear, reducing the intensity of the Shawnee offensive. At nightfall, the Shawnees silently withdrew back across the Ohio. The Virginians had held their ground, and so won the day.

The Virginians suffered about 75 killed and 150 wounded. The Shawnee are supposed to have had 33 killed. The Indians threw many of their dead companions' bodies into the river to prevent them from being mutilated. (Scalping was routinely practiced by both sides for proof of claim for bounty reasons in this era.) Among the dead was Pucksinwah, the father of Tecumseh.

After the battle, the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Country and compelled Cornstalk to agree to the Treaty of Camp Charlotte, ending the war. This ceded Shawnee land claims south of the Ohio (modern Kentucky) to Virginia.

Before the Virginians had all returned home from “Dunmore's War,” the American Revolutionary War had begun at Lexington and Concord in April 1775. Before long, Lord Dunmore was leading the British war effort in Virginia against many of the men who had fought under him in Dunmore's War. Dunmore even sought to enlist American Indian allies—the very people he had defeated in 1774. As a result, over the years a legend arose that Dunmore had actually been collaborating with the Shawnees all along. According to this story, Dunmore deliberately isolated the militia under Andrew Lewis and directed the Shawnees to attack them, hoping to eliminate potentially troublesome American rebels. There is no evidence to support this conspiracy theory, but it was popular in the 19th century.

On February 21, 1908, the United States Senate passed Bill Number 160 to erect a monument commemorating the Battle of Point Pleasant. Contrary to common myth, the bill doesn't mention the Battle as being the first battle of the American Revolution. Additionally the bill was never enacted, failing in the House of Representatives. The battle is honored as the first battle of the Revolution during "Battle Days," an annual festival celebrated in modern Point Pleasant.
View Coin 2008 Philharmonic AUSTRIA - REPUBLIC S1.5E 2008 VIENNA PHILHARMONIC NGC MS 69 Austrian Philharmonic
First Year of Issue
View Coin 1999 Britannia GREAT BRITAIN - DECIMAL S2PND 1999 BRITANNIA NGC MS 69 At first, the Romans referred to the group of islands of the coast of north-west Europe as “the Britanniae.” This included Albion (Great Britain), Hibernia (Ireland) and other smaller islands. Over time the term Britannia came into use to refer to the island of Great Britain and the use of “Britanniae” for the group of islands ceased. It would later be used as the name of the Roman Province which included most of the island. The area beyond the Antonine Wall belonged to the Picts and was known as Caledonia. Hadrion’s Wall was built close to the modern border between England and Scotland. Scotland was only occupied by Rome for about 20 years. Hibernia (Ireland) was never conquered by Rome. The term Britannia is said to be derived from “Pretannia,” which is itself a rendering of the indigenous name “Pretani” made by the Greek Historian Diodorus.

Britannia would eventually become a personification of Britain but not for some time. The Celtic goddess “Brigid” is one of the many sources of this. Britannia was not a female personification of the land until her appearance on coins issued under Emperor Hadrian. The coins showed a female figure labeled Britannia. Soon, she was personified as a goddess. Early portraits show her as a beautiful young woman wearing the helmet of a centurion, wrapped in a white garment with her right breast exposed. She was often seated on a rock, holding a spear, and had a spiked shield propped beside her.

During the Medieval period Britannia remained the Latin name for Great Britai n with post-Roman variations appearing which were sometimes popular. The term would also be used for the Armorican peninsula in France due to the high numbers of Britons that immigrated to the area from Cornwall. During this time, only the Brythonic Celtic inhabitants of the British Isles were thought of as Britons as opposed to the English. The English were increasingly included as Britons and this gained new meaning with the rise of the British Empire and increased British influence. In the Renaissance, Britannia finally came to be viewed as the personification of Britain in imagery developed under Queen Elizabeth I. As England, Scotland and Ireland were constitutionally united in the 18th century, Britannia became an increasingly important symbol and a rallying point for the unified nation. The power of the British Empire was the supremacy of the navy. Attributes were given to Britannia under Queen Victoria to renew the symbol. Britannia retained the Corinthian helmet and white robes, but was given a three-pronged trident in place of the spear, stood in the ocean as a symbol of the nation’s naval power and held a Greek hoplite shield which sported the flag of the British Union. A lion was usually at her feet. The animal is on the Coat of Arms of England, Scotland, and Wales. Due to the rise of Victorian era modesty and morality, Britannia no longer appeared bare-breasted.

Britannia had thus evolved into a figure for Britain that was analogous to Marianne in France and Lady Liberty in the United State s. Like Lady Liberty, Britannia is a powerful and highly patriotic symbol that becomes more common in times of war and like Liberty, Britannia is representative of British liberties and democracy.

The coins in this series are made out of Britannia Silver which has a fineness of 0.9584. The standard was introduced in 1697 by act of Parliament to replace sterling silver (0.925). The lion passant gardant which denoted sterling silver was replaced by the image of Britannia and the leapard’s head mark of the “Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths” was replaced by with a “lion’s head erased.” Sterling silver was again approved for use in 1720 but Britannia silver remained an optional standard. To make the fine silver weight of these coins equal to one troy ounce (31.1 g), the Silver Britannias weigh roughly 32.5 grams with the balance being copper as is typical with Britannia silver.

The issuance of these coins started in 1997 as a proof coin to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the gold bullion Britannias. The mintage of bullion strike Britannias started the next year in 1998. The maximum annual mintage of the coins is fixed at 100,000.

*This coin was sold to me by the NGC forum user Dooly. Thanks go to him for letting me have a great coin at a fair price.
View Coin 2004 Britannia GREAT BRITAIN - DECIMAL S2PND 2004 BRITANNIA NGC MS 69 *This coin was sold to me by the NGC forum user Dooly. Thanks go to him for letting me have a great coin at a fair price.
View Coin 2009 Britannia GREAT BRITAIN - DECIMAL S2PND 2009 BRITANNIA PCGS MS 69 Repeat of the 1999 Reverse Pattern *Pendragon1998 put me in touch with a friend of his that had this coin available for sale. We arrived at a deal that satisfied both of us and this coin entered the set. I'm always grateful to the other collectors that will give someone a "heads-up" on a coin they're looking for.
View Coin 2010 Britannia GREAT BRITAIN - DECIMAL S2PND 2010 BRITANNIA NGC MS 69
View Coin 1991 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$5 1991 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 The Australian Kookaburras are the only modern silver bullion series I'm aware of that had the denomination change after the run started. The coins from the first two years of the series are therefore odd birds indeed. NGC didn't even include slots for them originally when the Kookaburra registry sets were made available. Most kookaburra collectors and I do consider them a part of the larger kookaburra set, not as a separate seriess/issuance and NGC later added slots for them. For information about the kookaburras (the birds, not the coins) check out the description for the 1992 Kookaburra in this set.
View Coin 1992 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1992 Kookaburra NGC MS 70 First year of the $1 denomination. Kookaburras are large terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. Their name is taken directly from an aboriginal language, Wiradjuir. That word, guuguubarra, is onomatopoeic, attempting to imitate the bird’s call. The bird is classified as being in the Dacelo genus, of the Halcyonidae family in the Coraciiformes order.

The birds are best known for their call, which is said to bear an uncanny similarity to echoing human laughter. Personally, I think they sound more like a bunch of chimps going crazy than people. The laugher seems "good-natured" in the case of the “laughing kookaburra” (Dacelo novaeguineae) and sounds like "maniacal cackling" in the case of the “blue-winged kookaburra” (Dacelo leachii). Either way, their title as the "laughing jackasses of Australia" seems well deserved.

They inhabit areas ranging from humid forests to arid savannas but can also be found in residential areas if food and running water are readily available. There is a total of 4 kookaburra species including the “rufous-bellied kookaburra” (Dacelo gaudichaud) and the “spangled kookaburra” (Dacelo tyro).

They look cute enough but this definitely is not just a nice and cuddly bird. There’s no bird seed when it comes to these guys. Kookaburras are meat eaters and prey on lizards, insects, snakes, mice and raw meat. Some of them will take handouts from humans and some bold birds will steal from open air barbecues if there’s no one watching. The temperature of the meat doesn’t really make a difference to them. Festering mince stuck in the bird’s beak can cause problems for them. They will eat the babies of other birds, snakes, insects, and reptiles. In zoos, they are fed the same food as larger birds of prey and dead chicks. Overall, the bird is valued for killing snakes and lizards (sometimes by simply beating them senseless) but can be disliked for their raids on farmyards to eat helpless ducklings and chicks. Not really the type of animal most people would want to keep in a bird cage… That is of course assuming that you could find a big enough cage. They're approximately 17 inches tall.

The Australian aborigines have a legend about the Kookaburra. When the sun rose for the first time, the god Bayame ordered the kookaburra to utter its loud, almost human laughter in order to wake up mankind so that they should not miss the wonderful sunrise. The sunrise calls of the kookaburra are sometimes referred to as the “bushman’s clock.” The aborigines also believed that any child who insulted a kookaburra would grow an extra slanting tooth. That’s pretty harsh punishment for insulting a bird.

The series of silver Australian bullion coins that features them started in 1990. The coins originally were given a face value of 5 dollars but this was changed to 1 dollar in 1992. I'm not sure if I'll ever know why.

*This coin was part of a submission made by RareSov. It and 4 other Kookaburras were sold to me for this set. He was working on building his kookaburra set and needed to liquidate his duplicates. I had been looking to expand my own kookaburra set at that time and he was offering them at a very nice price to society members. I had just taken a thrashing on auctions for some other coins and this became the ideal combination of opportunity and timing.
View Coin 1993 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1993 Kookaburra NGC MS 69
View Coin 1994 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1994 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 *This coin was part of a submission made by RareSov. It and 4 other Kookaburras were sold to me for this set. He was working on building his kookaburra set and needed to liquidate his duplicates. I had been looking to expand my own kookaburra set at that time and he was offering them at a very nice price to society members. I had just taken a thrashing on auctions for some other coins and this became the ideal combination of opportunity and timing.
View Coin 1995 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1995 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 *This coin was part of a submission made by RareSov. It and 4 other Kookaburras were sold to me for this set. He was working on building his kookaburra set and needed to liquidate his duplicates. I had been looking to expand my own kookaburra set at that time and he was offering them at a very nice price to society members. I had just taken a thrashing on auctions for some other coins and this became the ideal combination of opportunity and timing.
View Coin 1996 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1996 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 *This coin was part of a submission made by RareSov. It and 4 other Kookaburras were sold to me for this set. He was working on building his kookaburra set and needed to liquidate his duplicates. I had been looking to expand my own kookaburra set at that time and he was offering them at a very nice price to society members. I had just taken a thrashing on auctions for some other coins and this became the ideal combination of opportunity and timing.
View Coin 1997 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1997 Kookaburra NGC MS 69
View Coin 1998 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1998 Kookaburra NGC MS 69
View Coin 1999 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1999 P100 Kookaburra NGC MS 69
View Coin 2001 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2001 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69
View Coin 2003 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2000 KOOKABURRA COLORIZED NGC MS 69
View Coin 2005 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2005 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69
View Coin 2006 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2006 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69
View Coin 2007 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2007 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69 I got this coin as a kind of "happy accident." I had ordered another coin but he sent this one by mistake. When I informed him of the error he told me to keep this coin and he sent me the coin I ordered as well (an MS69 Lunar Snake). The 2007 design is simple but very striking. The kookaburra is perched but seen at a very dynamic angle. It seems to be staring intently at something in the distance, possibly about to take flight after its prey.
View Coin 2009 Kookaburra AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2009 P20 Kookaburra NGC MS 69
2010 Kookaburra
View Coin 1999 Lunar Rabbit AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 1999 P100 Year of the Rabbit NGC MS 70 This is one of the last of the coins for the first lunar set that I acquired due to pricing and availability issues.

Years: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999

Gracious, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, lazy, horny.
View Coin 2000 Lunar Dragon AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2000 Year of the Dragon NGC MS 70 Years: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000

Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, generous, loyal. Can be arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, eccentric, grandiloquent and extremely bombastic, prejudiced, dogmatic, over-bearing, violent, impetuous, brash.
View Coin 2001 Lunar Snake AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2001 Year of the Snake NGC MS 70 I found this coin for (what I considered) a pretty good price and just decided to buy it.

Years: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001

Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious.
View Coin 2002 Lunar Horse AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2002 Year of the Horse NGC MS 69 I found this coin for (what I considered) a pretty good price and just decided to buy it for something different (a bit of a break from the SAEs). I think these coins are beautiful and very artistic and I hope to have the entire set eventually.

Years: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn, lack stability and perseverance.
View Coin 2003 Lunar Goat AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2003 Year of the Goat NGC MS 69 This is one of six coins that I bought off of VUMC409.

Years: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer.
View Coin 2004 Lunar Monkey AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2004 Year of the Monkey NGC MS 69 This is one of six coins that I bought off of VUMC409. I'll probably have to go back and re-image this coin. The slab must have gotten a little dirty when I took the picture.

Years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, cunning, jealous, suspicious.
View Coin 2005 Lunar Rooster AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2005 Year of the Rooster NGC MS 69 This is one of six coins that I bought off of VUMC409.

Years: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated.
View Coin 2006 Lunar Dog AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2006 Year of the Dog NGC MS 69 This is one of six coins that I bought off of VUMC409. I'll probably have to go back and re-image this coin. The slab must have gotten a little dirty when I took the picture.

Years: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amiable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, dogged. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.
View Coin 2007 Lunar Pig AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2007 Year of the Pig NGC MS 69 This is one of six coins that I bought off of VUMC409.

Years: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

Honest, simple, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.
View Coin (2008) Lunar Rat AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2007 2008 - Year of the Rat NGC MS 69 Years: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Forthright, disciplined, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, mendacious, venal, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.
View Coin (2009) Lunar Ox AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2007 2009 - Year of the Ox NGC MS 69 This is one of six coins that I bought off of VUMC409.

Years: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Dependable, calm, methodical, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.
View Coin (2010) Lunar Tiger AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2007 2010 - Year of the Tiger NGC MS 69 I won this in an eBay auction for a few bucks less than the going Buy It Now rate that most of the sellers want.

Years: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Unpredictable, rebellious, colourful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish.
View Coin 2008 Year of the Mouse AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2008P Year of the Mouse Series II NGC MS 69 I'll probably have to go back and re-image this coin. Either there was a hair on the slab or it got scratched.
View Coin 2009 Year of the Ox AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2009P YEAR OF THE OX NGC MS 69 2nd Coin; 2nd Lunar Set
View Coin 2010 Year of the Tiger AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S$1 2010P YEAR OF THE TIGER NGC MS 70 3rd Coin; 2nd Lunar Set
View Coin 2007 Koala AUSTRALIA - KOALA S$1 2007P Koala NGC MS 70 Great coin design. I love the shaped/textured field behind the Koala.
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