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2023 Year of the Rabbit 1oz Silver Gold Plated Medallion

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The story of Chinese New Year starts with Jade Emperor, who created the Zodiac calendar, a 12 -year cycle to help track the passage of time. The Rabbit was chosen to represent the fourth year in the Zodiac after it came fourth in the Jade Emperor’s great race. 

Chinese believe that the Zodiac and the animal years in which people are born have a tremendous influence on their lives and personalities. Despite the rabbit coming fourth in the Jade Emperor’s great race, being a Rabbit is considered fortunate. Rabbits are said to have calm, noble demeanours. They love to be creative, they are sociable and they live long and happy lives. Yet for harmony to exist in the universe, Rabbits must also have their dark sides. They are known to be arrogant at times, prone to escapism and averse to taking even the slightest of risks. 


  • 1oz silver medallion with selective gold plating 
  • Minted from 0.999 silver 
  • Only 999 available worldwide 
  • A great gift for someone born in the Year of the Rabbit. 


The design of the 2023 Year of the Rabbit medallion is inspired by the style of the Chinese nianhua poster. These posters are traditionally designed and produced for New Year celebrations. They show gods, animals and babies enacting Chinese folklore. The style of the posters can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty when woodblock printing was popularised.

Take a look at our commemorative stamps also available for this issue. Click here.

Check out the full range of medallions here.

Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.999 silver with gold plating
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: NZ Post obverse
Reverse design: 2023 Year of the Rabbit (rabbit and baby)
Designed by: Ying-Min Chu, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 999
Mint: Sunshine Mint International Ltd
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