Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto and twin brother of Artemis, was the god of light, music and the arts, as well as of prophecy, healing, measure and harmony. He was born on the island of Delos, at the centre of the Cyclades, where the Delia festivals were held in his honour. After slaying the serpent Python, he founded the famous oracle in Delphi, where the Pythian Games were celebrated. Other important sanctuaries of Apollo existed in Amyclae (near Sparta), Bassae in Arcadia (Temple of Apollo Epikourios) and Didyma (Asia Minor). Apollo was traditionally portrayed as a beardless, ideal youth, holding a lyre and sometimes a bow, as he was not without his dark side, being the god of plague and a punisher of hubris. Some of his other epithets were Phoebus, loxias (in reference to his ambiguous oracles) and musagetes (leader of the Muses).
In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. The dog is the eleventh animal in the Chinese calendar. These Australian Silver Lunar coins elebrate the Chinese lunar calendar. According to the lunar calendar, each of these 12 animals has a profound influence over those born under its year of “rule”.
People born under the influence of the dog are said to be good-natured, loyal, kind, and sincere. Fiercely loyal to those that they love, the dog will do anything for friends and family. They value honour, respect tradition and enjoy helping people.
Those with year of birth 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018 belong to the year of the dog. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the 2018 date, precious metal content, and monetary denomination.