The coin shown is one of twelve which make a complete set of 100 yuan 1 oz gold lunar coins produced between 1988 and 1999. The reverse face of the coins in the set feature paintings of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The obverse of the coins bear the inscription in Chinese characters: “The People’s Republic of China”. Above the inscription on all coins in the set (except for the Year of the Dragon coin which shows an image of the Temple of Heaven) is an image of the National Emblem of China. The year of issue is inscribed at the bottom of the obverse face.
This is the 1993 Year of the Rooster coin of the set. It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity with a diameter of 32mm. It has a mintage of 1,900.
The obverse face features an image of the National Emblem of China. The emblem features a picture of Tiananmen Gate, the entrance to the Imperial Palace on the north side of Tiananmen Square. Above the gate on the emblem are five stars. One large star, representing the Communist Party of China, is surrounded by four smaller ones, each one representing the four social classes of Maoist philosophical thought. The central portion of the emblem is surrounded by sheaves of wheat and rice, embodying Mao’s agricultural revolution.
The reverse features a rendering of the painting “Picture of a Pair of Chickens” by Liu Kuiling (1885-1968), a well-known animal and floral painter. The painting depicts a rooster and a hen standing together. The hen stands in the foreground looking back at the rooster, easily identifiable by his distinctive comb. The denomination, 100 yuan, is inscribed below and to the left of the image. The top edge of the reverse face bears an inscription in Chinese characters detailing the specifications of the coin. It reads: “Contains 1 oz pure gold purity .999 1 oz Au”.
In Chinese culture the rooster is seen as a valiant and loyal animal with a hard-working spirit. It symbolises honesty and trustworthiness. Those born in the Year of the Rooster are traditionally seen as self-assured and organised. They revel in being in the spotlight, being exhibitionists they love to show-off and perform.
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