torsdag 24. november 2016

The Year of the Rooster 雞

The Rooster is the only bird in the Chinese calendar. This ancient calendar is important for superstitious Chinese who believe that luck and bad luck are in mysterious ways connected to this animal. 

The Year of the Rooster began 28 January 2017.
So, if you are a gambler and born a “Rooster”, your lucky numbers will be 5, 7 and 8.

The Lunar Coins
Anyway, the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II are beautifully minted collector coins and the 2017 coin shows a rooster, a hen, three small chickens, the inscription “Year of the Rooster” and the Chinese character for “Rooster/Cock/Hen/”. The coins are issued as legal tender and the well-known profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her sixties adorn the other side.
   The Lunar calendar coins are not investment coins in the sense that you buy the coins for the value of the metal. You buy them for the pleasure of owning them or giving them away as gifts. The Year of the Rooster coin will ever get valuable since the Perth Mint minted 300 000.

The Mint Blog
Nevertheless, the coin is immensely popular and the Mint’s blog reports: The 2017 Year of the Rooster 1oz silver bullion coin from the Australian Lunar Coin Series II has officially sold out at The Perth Mint. Released in September with a maximum worldwide mintage of 300,000, the coin is the 10th consecutive 1oz Lunar silver bullion coin to sell out since the start of the series in 2008.
   The retail price over the counter in Oslo is, at the time of writing (22.11.16), NOK 238 or USD 27, which is not unreasonable for this well made silver coin.

I am the little red rooster
Too lazy to crow for day
I am the little red rooster
Too lazy to crow for day
Keep everything in the farm yard upset in every way

- by Wille Dixon – The Rolling Stones

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