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RABBIT FILIGREE Lunar Year Cabbage Garden Silver Coin 1$ Fiji 2011


The first coin to be created with silver filigree, this complex, eye-catching legal tender issue is sure to command the attention of all collectors – regardless of their traditional collecting pursuit. A delicate form of the jeweller’s art, used in a wide variety of cultures since Ancient times, filigree involves uniting fine threads of metal to create an object of beauty.

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The Cabbage Garden Rabbit filigree coin is one of Mint of Finland’s coins for the Year of the Rabbit commemorative coin theme. In the Chinese horoscope, 2011 is the year of the rabbit.

The main focus of this spectacular coin is a delicate rabbit made of silver filigree. Filigree is a delicate kind of jewel work made with twisted threads usually of silver or other alloys. The silver wire is not much bigger than the thickness of a hair so making the filigree is very intricate, requiring fine attention to detail and steady hands. The filigree technique has been used in jewelry making for thousands of years but it has never been used in coin minting before.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2011
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)20.5
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The world's first Silver Coin created using the fine jewellers art known as filigree. Entitled "Cabbage Garden Rabbit", the crown-sized coin is struck from 20.5 grams of 99.9% fine silver. It features at its centre a stylised Rabbit design created with the filigree technique using twisted threads of silver. This technique, used in a wide variety of cultures since Ancient times to create objects of beauty, gives a lacey appearance to the Rabbit motif. Framing the central design on the reverse are cabbage leaves and the inscription for the Year of the Rabbit, while on the obverse is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth, the country and year of issue and the nominal face value.