This coin is one of a series of lunar coins produced from 1993 to 2004. Chinese lunar coins commemorate each Chinese New Year. Each coin features the animal of the zodiac that corresponds to the year of release. These animals are replicated from paintings by famed Chinese artists. This coin is the 1993 rooster coin, weighing 2/3 of an ounce and bearing the denomination of 10 yuan. The coin is struck of 99.9% pure silver, and is proof in quality. It measures 36 millimeters in diameter at the widest point of the coin. The mintage of this coin is 6800.
The shape of this coin is in a scallop or flower shape. The Chinese translation is “plum blossom-shaped,” referring to a flower that signifies the beginning of spring in the Far East.
On the reverse face of this coin, one can see the rooster, the animal of the year 1993. Xu Beihong’s painting, “Picture of a Rooster,” is memorialized on this face, paying tribute to the rooster itself. Xu lived and worked in China from 1895 to 1953 and was renowned for his talent in traditional Chinese painting technique. As Xu also studied art in Europe, he integrated Western artistic techniques like perspective into his work. He also used oils, as artists were fond of in the West, to create large paintings with classic Eastern subjects and themes. Xu was one of the most influential Chinese artists of the twentieth century. This particular work of his shows a rooster crowing. The rooster is perched on top of a pole. In the background, one can see sunflowers. The denomination of the coin, 10 yuan, is to the rooster’s left.
On the obverse face of the coin is an image of the gate tower from the city wall of Xi’an. The city wall, built around 194 BC, is one of the oldest walls in China that is still intact. Xi’an was once the capital of dynastic China; the wall surrounding the city protected the people inside from intruders. “The People’s Republic of China” is shown in Chinese lettering above the gate. Below this appears the year of release, 1993.
The rooster is considered to be an animal of integrity and showmanship in Chinese culture. As demonstrated in the painting, the rooster always enjoys an opportunity to flaunt its beautiful feathers and piercing crow. Like the animal, those born in the year of the rooster are said to be honest, sometimes to a fault, and may even offend others with their penchant for showing off. Those born in this year are also incredibly loyal and self-assured, and they can always be relied upon to complete their duties.
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