2009 1 Kilo Silver Ox Proof Coin

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The coin shown is the 2009 Year of the Ox 1kg silver coin. It is one of a series of twelve round-shaped 1kg silver lunar coins, beginning in 2002 with the Year of the Horse 1kg silver coin, which celebrate the animals of the Chinese zodiac and their importance in Chinese culture. The coins of this series are proof coins containing 99.9% pure silver.

The 2009 Year of the Ox coin has a face value of 300 yuan and has a diameter of 100mm. It has a mintage of 3,800. Shown on the reverse face is a picture of an ox wading through water, its head and top half of its body emerging from the still water causing a single ripple. This picture appears on a background design of a stylised bull’s head. The face value, 300 yuan, appears inscribed on the left hand side of the coin face.

The obverse face features the National Emblem of the People’s Republic of China – a depiction of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square pictured below five stars, all surrounded by rings of sheaves of rice and wheat. The four small stars stand for the four social classes as define in Maoist thought, while the larger central star stands for the Communist Party of China. Around the National Emblem on the obverse face is a decorative design featuring an auspicious floral and fish motif. At the top of the coin face is the inscription: “The People’s Republic of China”, written in Chinese. Beneath the image of the National Emblem is inscribed the year of issue, 2009.

The ox symbolises diligence, perseverance, and resilience. Those born in the Year of the Ox are said to possess these personality traits, while at the same time tending to be a little stubborn but also generous.

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