Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s reverse depicts a rooster standing in a stylised Chinese scene featuring bamboo and leaves. The design also incorporates the Chinese character for ‘rooster’, the inscription ‘Year of the Rooster’, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date and monetary denomination are shown on the obverse of each coin.
These magnificent gold coins celebrate the Year of the Rooster, one of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. 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.