The coin pictured is one of twelve which make up a complete set of 500 yuan 5 oz gold lunar coins issued between 1988 and 1999. They are proof coins with a purity of 99.9% and have a diameter of 60mm. The reverse face of the coins in this set feature the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac while the obverse shows various famous Chinese buildings.
This is the 1991 Year of the Goat coin from the set. The obverse features the inscription “The People’s Republic of China”, below which is an image of the Yueyang Pavilion, a famous Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) watchtower. Below this is the year of issue, 1991.
The reverse features a picture of a family of three goats – two adults and a kid. The kid is being nursed by one of the two adults. The denomination, 500 yuan, is inscribed below the image. This coin has a mintage of 400.
Those born in the Year of the Goat are traditionally considered to be sincere, righteous, artistic, innovative, and philosophical individuals. The goat is seen as having a feminine nature, being very caring and well-mannered, however they can be indecisive, sensitive, and shy. The caring nature of the goat is reflected in the image by the family scene.
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