Displayed is the 2007 1kg round silver coin which is one of a series of twelve 1kg round silver coins which commemorate the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The first coin of the series was issued in 2002.
The 2007 coin celebrates the Year of the Pig. It is a proof coin of 99.9% purity and measures 100mm in diameter. It has a mintage of 3,800 and a denomination of 300 yuan. The reverse face features a picture of a group of three pigs. The pigs are depicted together. The animal in the foreground is lying down asleep, while the other two move closely behind it. The denomination appears inscribed below the picture.
In traditional Chinese astrology and culture, the pig is the twelfth in the order of the zodiac animals, finishing last in the Great Race to meet the Jade Emperor of Chinese mythology. It embodies such values as honesty, patience, and a strong work ethic. It is a popular sign for children as the pig symbolises prosperity and happiness.
The design on the obverse face also of a pig. Pictured is a traditional Chinese folk paper-cutting of a pig decorated with a floral pattern. Surrounding the image of the paper-cutting is a lucky plant motif. Above the image is the inscription in Chinese: “The People’s Republic of China”. Underneath the image at the bottom of the coin face is the year, 2007.