2014 $1 Year of the Horse Stamp and Coin Cover
The Chinese zodiac uses animal signs to date the years over a 12-year cycle and 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
The seventh sign in the cycle, the Horse symbolises perception and power and the Chinese idiom – lăomăshítú – literally means "an old horse knows the way": experience is valuable.
Those born in the Year of the Horse are said to be intuitive, practical and quick-witted. Horses make excellent teachers, politicians and performers. Some famous Horses include Rembrandt, Chopin, Sir Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand. Horse Years over the last century were 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002.
The aluminium coin’s reverse depicts two horses standing within a stylised Chinese landscape along with the Chinese character for ‘horse’, the inscription ‘Year of the Horse’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
The Year of the Horse coin featured in this affordable collectable is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date and the monetary denomination on its obverse.
Affixed to the envelope are two official Australia Post stamps. The 60 cent and $1.80 stamps are postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity and official number.
The coin is housed in a beautifully designed card including information on the horse and a circular window revealing the coin’s reverse and obverse designs.
Issue date: 7 January 2014
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