This coin honors the Year of the Goat, 1991. It is one in a series of designs that represent the Chinese Zodiac. Between the years of 1988 and 1999, the China Mint released twelve different coin designs, each one featuring a different creature of the zodiac. The coins were produced in platinum, silver and gold.
This coin is one ounce of pure platinum, .9995 in fineness. These specifications are noted at the top edge of the reverse: “contains one ounce of pure platinum, .9995 Pt.” In all, five3 hundred of these platinum goat coins with the same specifications were produced.
On the obverse, one can see the National Emblem of China, which shows several symbols of modern and ancient China together. Inside a circle of wheat and rice appears the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the entrance to the Imperial Palace. Above the gate to the palace, one can see five stars. The largest represents the Communist Party of China, and the bottom four stars represent each one of the social classes of china: the business owners, the capitalists, the farm workers and the factory workers. Below this conglomeration of symbols are the Chinese characters that translate to “The People’s Republic of China.” Below this, one can see the year of mintage, 1991.
On the reverse, a painting of three goats is featured. This painting is entitled “Picture of Four Goats,” and was created by Chen Juzhong. Chen was a resident painter for the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). He worked in Nanjing. He painted mostly horses, but in this painting, one can see that he was equally talented at portraying other animals. This painting shows three goats frolicking in a pasture, and is one of Chen’s most famous paintings. The original painting showed a fourth goat off to the side, but the coin shows only three goats. Below the image appears the denomination, 100 yuan.
People born in the Year of the Goat are noted to be artistic, peaceful and magnanimous. They also tend to be at times reserved and very shy. The goat is traditionally associated with femininity and motherly caring.
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