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 1993 Year of the Rooster coin from the set. The obverse features the inscription “The People’s Republic of China”, below which is an image of a section of the famous city walls of Xi’an, one of the former capitals of the Chinese empire. Below this is the year of production, 1993.
The reverse features a rendering of a painting by Bai Ming (1926-2002), a famous Chinese 20th Century artist. Pictured is one of his representative works, “Tiandi jiechun” or “The Field Every Spring”. The painting depicts a cock and hen under a tree surrounded by their chicks. The denomination, 500 yuan, is inscribed above the image. This coin has a mintage of 99.
Those born in the Year of the Rooster are traditionally valued for their loyalty and organised nature. They are seen as meticulous, perfectionists, and responsible, but can be overly critical, and sometimes proud and opinionated. They also have a tendency to boast about their accomplishments. They are, however, forthcoming and honest and revel at being the centre of attention. The proud and responsible nature of the rooster is captured well in the painting, as the cock stands tall among his family watching protectively over them.
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