Pictured here is the 2005 Year of the Rooster coin from a series of commemorative lunar coins, the first of which was issued in 2005. The coins from the series are all scallop-shaped 1/2 oz gold coins. A new coin is issued every year featuring that year’s zodiac animal.
The 2005 scallop-shaped 1/2 oz gold Year of the Rooster coin was issued by the Shenyang mint with a mintage of 8,000. It has a face value of 200 yuan and a diameter of 27mm. This proof quality coin contains 99.9% pure gold.
Featured on the reverse face is an image of a family of chickens. A rooster and a hen are depicted with their three chicks. The rooster stands upright looking up and about, while the hen bends low to tend to the chicks surrounding her. The face value is inscribed to the right of the rooster and hen.
Featured on the obverse face is a rendering of an image of a rooster from a piece of ancient Chinese decorative bronze ware. Such bronzes date from circa 2000 BC. Surrounding the rooster is a motif of Celosia cristata, more commonly known as cockscomb flower due to the similarity in appearance between the flower and the head of a rooster. Around the top edge of the obverse face is the inscription: “The People’s Republic of China”. At the bottom of the face is the year of issue, 2005.
People born in years associated with the rooster are considered loyal and upright individuals who hate corruption and lying. Being exhibitionists and having flamboyant personalities, they love to show off their talents, especially at the centre of attention. In Chinese culture the rooster is sacred, and Shaolin monks allow them to run unhindered through their monasteries. The rooster symbolises the passage of time and time-keeping, summoning the monks to morning prayer with its crow.