Shown is the 1kg silver 2005 Year of the Rooster coin from a series of 1kg silver commemorative lunar coins celebrating the animals featured in the Chinese zodiac and their role in Chinese culture. The series comprises twelve 1kg silver proof quality coins measuring 100mm in diameter and with a fineness of 99.9%.
The 2005 Year of the Rooster coin shown above has a mintage of 3,800 and a denomination of 300 yuan. Its reverse face features a picture of a cockerel perched on top of a small rock surrounded by foliage. The cockerel turns its head towards to viewer displaying its characteristic comb. To the right of the picture appears the inscription “300 yuan”, the face value of the coin.
The obverse face also features a rendering of a cockerel. The image shown is an ancient Chinese decorative bronze vessel in the form of a cockerel. The central cockerel is surrounded by a motif of cockscomb flowers or Celosia cristata. Above the image is inscribed the Chinese characters for: “The People’s Republic of China”. Below, at the bottom of the coin face, is the year of issue, 2005.
In traditional Chinese culture, the cockerel or rooster embodies honesty, courage, and flamboyance. The rooster is a very proud animal and is also a symbol of physical and moral fortitude. Those born in the Year of the Rooster never miss an opportunity to exhibit their talents for others, much like the rooster itself which shows off its impressive plumage and crows loudly with the coming dawn.