This 1998 Chinese silver coin was constructed that year in celebration for the year of the Tiger. The Shanghai Mint was charged with the responsibility of striking the coin, allowing for its mintage of 500. The coin’s composition is .999 fine silver while being 80mm in diameter. The reverse of the coin is an image of a fierce tiger with its mouth agape. The opposite side of the coin offers a view of the Badaling, a portion of the Great Wall of China.
The bottom portion of the coin’s reverse side is occupied entirely by cliff rock which has a small tree protruding from it facing toward the background. Upon this rock is where the tiger sits with its body facing away while its head is turned back. At approximately three o’clock, just above the small tree is the number 100 followed by the Chinese character meaning Yuan, thus indicating the coin’s face value.
The obverse side of the coin shows the Badaling, the most visited area of the Great Wall of China. The Badaling, situated in Yanqing County is a source of national pride as it was listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. On either side of the gate that grants entry are two short trees with the one on the left appearing slightly taller. Floating over the structure appears to be clouds that are eerily thin in nature. On the bottom of the coin, elevated from its six o’clock edge is the coin’s year of make, 1998. Along the top edge of the coin, following the contour are Chinese characters that read “Peoples’ Republic of China”.