China 1991 12 oz Gold Goat

1000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1991 12 oz Gold Goat 1000 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twelve which make up a complete set of 1000 yuan 12 oz gold lunar coins issued between 1988 and 1999.  They are proof coins with a purity of 99.9% and have a diameter of 70mm.  The reverse face of the coins in this set feature the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac while the obverse shows various images of famous and iconic Chinese architecture.

This is the 1991 Year of the Goat coin from the set.  The obverse features the inscription “The People's Republic of China”, below which is an image of the Yueyang Pavilion.  The pavilion was built during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD) to allow a commander, Lu Su, to better oversee and train his fleet.  Below this is the year of issue, 1991.

The reverse features the painting “Picture of Three Goats” by Ren Bonian (1840-1896).  His style is characterised by a combination of traditional and popular styles, influenced by the time he spent in Shanghai.  This is conveyed by his use of colour and bold brushstrokes.  The picture shows three goats trotting around to the left of a tree.  The denomination, 1000 yuan, is inscribed to the left of the image.  This coin has a mintage of 200.

The goat is a symbol of the arts and those born in the Year of the Goat are traditionally considered to be artistic, innovative, and philosophical individuals.  They are calm, kind, reserved and caring people and while they like to surround themselves with friends, do not like to be the centre of attention.

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