The Chinese coin from 1997 celebrating the year of the Ox has a face value of 100 Yuan. It is a coin comprised of .999 fine silver. A large piece, this coin is measured at 80mm in diameter. Struck exclusively at the Shanghai Mint, this coin was granted a mintage of only 500. The reverse side of depicts a scene involving two oxen. The coin’s opposite side shows an illustration of the Mingyuan Tower.
The side of the coin commemorating the year of the Ox shows a female ox being suckled on by her calf. The adult ox is turned back to gaze upon her calf while her body is face toward the left. The calf’s body is faced in the opposite direction while feeding. To the left side of the coin are two trees extending high above the grass beneath. A branch of the tree protrudes out over the body of the adult ox. Directly at the bottom of the coin is a large rock laying flat. Slightly elevated and toward the right is the number 100 followed by the Chinese character signifying the Yuan.
The obverse side shows a slightly off centered view of the Mingyuan Tower in Nanjing. Originally built during the Song Dynasty in 1034, this structure has always been a Confucian Temple. It still serves in the same capacity today. However, during Song times it was used as a place of offering sacrifice to Confucius. The coin’s scene shows the three storied pagoda surrounded on all sides by much small structures and trees. Perfectly centered on the bottom of the coin is where one finds its year of make, 1997. Arching across the top edge of the coin are the Chinese characters spelling out the Peoples’ Republic of China.
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