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Celebrate the Year of the Rooster With APMEX

year of the rooster lunar year coins

The Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, marks the first day of the new year in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese Lunar Calendar differs from the Gregorian calendar, and though business in China is generally conducted according to the Gregorian calendar used by most of the world, Chinese celebrations are still celebrated according to their traditional calendar, which dates back to 2637 BCE.

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a 12-year cycle calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar and relates to different animal signs. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. One belief about this practice is that Buddha promised gifts to all animals that would pay him homage. Only 12 animals came to honor Buddha, so he gave each of them one year to call their own on the Chinese Zodiac. People born during a given animal's years are said to bear distinctive characteristics of that animal.

Beginning on January 28, the Chinese Zodiac begins the new Year of the Rooster. Because of their traditional duty of waking farmers, roosters are thought to be faithful and punctual. Those born in the Year of the Rooster are believed to share these qualities, as well as being warm-hearted and of quick intellect. While there is a bit of overlap at the very beginning of each year, Years of the Rooster include 2017, 2005, 1993,1981, 1969, 1957 and so on, every 12 years.

APMEX offers a wide variety of Precious Metals products commemorating the Year of the Rooster. These make a thoughtful gift for anyone born in the Year of the Rooster as well as a fun and fascinating way to mark the growth of one’s Precious Metal collection or investment portfolio.

Among the many Year of the Rooster items available from APMEX is the iconic Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series’ 2017 1 oz Gold Lunar Rooster. This 10th coin in the Lunar Series that began in 2008 bears on its reverse a stylized Chinese scene featuring a rooster standing among bamboo shoots. This tasteful design incorporates the Chinese character for "Rooster,” the inscription “Year of the Rooster”, and the Perth Mint's traditional “P” mintmark. This exceptional Gold coin is also available in a stunning MintDirect® Single. This process guarantees that your 2017 1 oz Gold Lunar Year of the Rooster MintDirect® Single coin was packaged directly from its mint capsule into a tamper-evident card for added security.

For those who admire the ever-popular Perth Mint Lunar Series but find a large Gold purchase beyond their means at the moment, the famous Australian coin is also minted in .9999 fine Silver. The 2017 1 oz Silver Lunar Rooster coin has all the appeal of its Gold counterpart, at a more accessible price point.

Of course, there are Precious Metals products besides coins to choose from. APMEX has a proprietary line of Lunar Silver bars ranging from a fractional half-ounce up to 10 oz.  Among those is the striking APMEX 2017 Year of the Rooster 5 oz Silver Bar. This gorgeous bar features a proud rooster on one side and Chinese characters for the attributes ascribed to those born in the Year of the Rooster on the other. It is a piece any investor or collector would be proud to show off and as it comes sealed in plastic, we recommend cotton gloves if you wish to have the pleasure of handling it.

We at APMEX wish you a Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Collecting!

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