Silver Lunar Coin Values and Mintage
CHINESE 1981 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER SILVER 30 YUAN PF UC

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CHINESE 1981 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER SILVER 30 YUAN PF UC

Specifications: 30 YUAN

Category: Silver Lunar Coins

Mintage: 10,000

Catalog: KM-40

Composition: Silver

Fineness: 0.85

ASW: 0.4099oz

Obverse: Shoreline temple, date lower left

Reverse: Rooster, denomination at left

Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
         

VarietyPlus

There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Peter Anthony: The 15 gram silver Lunar set is widely collected and very popular. The 1981 30 Yuan 15 gram silver Rooster is the first coin in a 12-year cycle of silver Lunar coins that runs from 1981 to 1992. It is also the very first Chinese silver Lunar coin of the modern era. It was released in January of 1981 before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday. It is Proof in quality.

The dynamic design on the reverse side is based on a painting of a rooster posed on a rock outcropping by the renowned Chinese artist Xu Beihong (1895-1956). On the obverse is an image the White Pagoda in Beijing’s Imperial Beihai Park. The park’s history goes back more than 800 years. It was used as a garden by five dynasties during that time span. It makes a very fitting subject for this important coin.

This coin is typically found with well frosted devices and deep mirror fields. Unfortunately many of these early Lunar coins have been mishandled and/or suffered from environmental damage and are now hazy or impaired in other ways. Some have been “rescued” by treatment at NCS but Lunar coins like the 1981 Rooster are challenges to find in high grades. Prices for Proof 69 examples are usually well above the lower grades

In the NGC Registry the 1981 30 Yuan 15 gram silver Rooster is part of the “Silver 15 gram (10Y), Series I, 1981-1992, Proof” set.


Silver Lunar Coin Price Guide

Description
 
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69
70
CHINESE 1981 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER SILVER 30 YUAN PF UC $ - - 500 650 750 1,275 -

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Silver Lunar Coin Census

 

NGC GRADE SUMMARY
30 YUAN

Total Graded: 578
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69
The chart showing 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.

CHINESE 1981 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER SILVER 30 YUAN PF UC


NGC Census Detail
Year/Mint
Den
Variety
Desig
Total
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
1981 CHINA S30YROOSTERPFUC578    41342108218193 

NGC Registry - Silver Lunar Coin

NGC Registry Score
Year/MintDenVarietyDesig6061626364656667686970
1981 CHINA S30Y ROOSTER PFUC 721 793 870 953 1042 1167 1303 1450 1646 1861 2141