The 1999 silver rabbit coin was made for the purpose of ushering in the year of the Rabbit. It is manufactured using .999 fine silver while having a face value of 100 Yuan. The diameter of the coin is 80mm. This coin was struck exclusively at the Shanghai Mint which permitted a mintage of 500. The coin’s reverse side depicts a nature driven scene featuring two rabbits. The obverse side contains an illustration of a pagoda found at the Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai.
The coin’s highly detailed reverse side shows two rabbits looking at each other under a branch with leaves as they rest on a grassy field. One rabbit’s body is facing toward whoever may be viewing the coin. The body of the other rabbit is facing toward the left. In the distance off to the right is the outline of a large boulder. Directly above this boulder the coin reads “100” followed by the Chinese character for the Yuan. According to the Chinese zodiac, those born on Rabbit years are friendly, welcoming, kind, and peaceful.
Keeping with the peaceful theme of the coin, its obverse side shows an image of the welcoming Yuyuang Garden found in Shanghai’s historic district. This garden was established by a government officer during the Ming Dynasty; it was completed in 1577. The two storied pagoda is noted for its unique style as its edges protrude far from the structure’s main body. The tops of trees are visible on either side of the building. Slightly elevated from the coin’s six o’clock position is its year of creation, 1999. Arching across the coin’s top edge are the Chinese characters signifying the Peoples’ Republic of China.
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