Pictured is the 2003 1kg silver lunar coin, which forms part of a series of 1kg silver lunar coins commemorating the animals of the Chinese zodiac. This proof coin has a face value of 300 yuan, measures 100mm in diameter, has a fineness of 99.9%, and has a mintage of 3,800.
The 2003 1kg silver lunar coin celebrates the Year of the Sheep. The obverse face features a Han Dynasty pictogram of a ram in the centre of the coin face surrounded by a rice plant motif. The central pictogram is symmetrical and simple, but clearly represents a ram. Beneath the pictogram is inscribed the year of production, 2003, while above the image are inscribed the Chinese characters meaning: “The People’s Republic of China”.
The reverse face features a picture of a sheep nursing her lamb. The sheep stands with its head turned while the lamb nuzzles close to her. Below the picture is inscribed the face value of the coin, 300yuan. The sheep is the eighth animal in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac and embodies such characteristics as elegance, charm, sensitivity, conscientiousness, and possessing a great love of nature. The sheep in Tibetan and Buddhist culture is an expiatory animal and is thought to bear away human faults, although this possibly has its roots in shamanic worship rather than Buddhism itself.
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