The twelve ounce silver Chinese lunar coin from 1991 with a face value of 100 Yuan originates from the Shanghai Mint. This coin at 80mm in diameter composed of .999 fine silver has an official mintage of 1000. The reverse side of the coin depicts three goats standing in a cascading fashion. The opposite side shows an illustration of three pagodas.
Of the three goats, the only one whose body is facing toward the right is the one in the middle. All three goats have their eyes focused toward the left. Running along the edge of the coin, toward the right, is an image of a tree with few leaves. In the bottom left portion of the coin there is a patch of grass. Directly above the grass is the number 100 followed by the Chinese character for the nation’s currency, the Chinese Yuan. According to the Chinese zodiac, those born on Goat years are fond of nature. This coin, with nature pictured on either end of the reverse side holds true to this idea.
The obverse side of this coin is an attractive illustration of three ancient pagodas with the one in the middle being the largest and most well known. This pagoda, located in Hunan Province is known as the Yueyang Tower. The view of this scene is as if one were standing directly in front of the structures. Their architecture is indicative of pagodas during the 3rd and 4th centuries just after the Three Kingdoms period. Perfectly centered near the bottom edge of the coin is its year of creation, 1991. The Chinese characters arching across the top edge of the coin read the “Peoples Republic of China”.
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