China 1993 12 oz Gold Rooster

1000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1993 12 oz Gold Rooster 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 1993 Year of the Rooster coin from the set.  The obverse features the inscription “The People's Republic of China”, below which is an image of a section of the famous city walls of Xi'an, historically one of the four capitals of the Chinese empire.  The walls were originally built in 194 BC when the city went by the name of Chang'an.  Construction on the walls seen standing today began in 1370 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Below this is the year of issue, 1993.

The reverse features a painting of two chickens - a rooster and a hen - by the famous Chinese artist Qi Baishi (1864-1957).  He was originally a carpenter and learnt to paint without formal training. His work is characterised by playful, delicate brush strokes in watercolour.  The painting shows a rooster above a rock, identifiable by his distinctive comb.  The hen looks up at him from below.  The denomination, 1000 yuan, is inscribed to the left of the image.  This coin has a mintage of 99.

The rooster traditionally is a symbol of honesty and those born in the Year of the Rooster are up front and frank.  This can sometimes come across as bluntness, but they expect others to show them the same frankness in return.  They revel at being the centre of attention and love to boast about their achievements, expecting others to listen while they speak.  They make great performers and thrive in front of an audience.  This is shown by the prominent position occupied by the rooster above the rock.

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