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Years of the Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915 or 1903
Struck in 99.99% pure silver with a proof finish.
A distinctly Asian interpretation of the good-hearted rabbit with clouds of good fortune and the Chinese character for this lunar sign.
2011 is ruled by the Rabbit.
In the West, New Year is driven by the calendar and always falls on January 1st. The Chinese New Year is different. It’s determined by the lunar calendar that was introduced by Emperor Huang Ti in 2637 BC to identify the first day of spring, a critical time for agriculture. This is why the Chinese New Year is also referred to as the Spring Festival.
The Spring Festival is celebrated roughly 45 days after the winter solstice. It occurs on the first new moon after the inception of spring; the midpoint between the winter solstice (December 21 or 22) and the spring equinox (March 20 or 21). This results in a year-to-year variation that means the Year of the Rabbit actually begins on February 3, 2011.
The Rabbit is considered very fortunate—a gracious character that would appreciate receiving either of these beautiful coins as a gift.