1984 Macau PROOF Silver 100 Patacas Lunar RAT (With original mint Box and Certificate)
To commemorate the Chinese New Year the IEM – Issuing Institute of Macau regularly issues a Limited Edition of Proof and Uncirculated Gold and Silver coins.
The coins are part of a set of 12 animals which represent the year of the old Chinese calendar. Each features the animals and Macau emblem and date.
Specifications: Material: .925 Pure Silver Finish: Proof Weight: 28.28 g Diameter: 38.60 mm Face Value: 100 Patacas Mintage: 3,000
This 1984 Macau PROOF Silver 100 Patacas Lunar RAT Coin is a nicely struck issue.
Macau Silver Series
The Macau Lunar Series comes in both Silver and Gold issues. The series begins in 1979 with the celebration of the Year of the Goat. A 1oz silver with face value of 100 Patacas and an 8 gram Gold denominated at 500 Patacas. The first series as it became known ran from 1979 through to the 1990 Horse. The second series again began with the 1991 to the 2001 Horse. Oddly some confusion with the mints delayed what is today considered the popular color third series. It begins with the 2008 Lunar Rat and will end with the 2019 Year of the Pig.
All the Macau lunar series are very popular with collectors throughout Asia and they indeed also have an international collector base. The highly popular third series has been sold out at the mint for three consecutive years running.