China 1994 12 oz Gold Dog

1000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1994 12 oz Gold Dog 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 1994 Year of the Dog coin from the set.  The obverse features the inscription “The People's Republic of China”, below which is an image of the Phoenix Pavilion of the imperial palace of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) at Shenyang.  The pavilion is a three-storey tower towards the centre of the palace complex and was once the tallest building in the city.  Below this is the year of production, 1994.

The reverse shows a painting of a dog by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) who was an Italian Jesuit missionary in China and painter at the court of the Qianlong Emperor (reigned 1735-1796) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).   The image shows the dog happily with its tail curled up, standing under a tree among flowers.  The denomination, 1000 yuan, is inscribed in the top left of the reverse side.  This coin has a mintage of 99.

The dog is the epitome of fidelity and represents loyalty, compassion, and attentiveness.  Morally and ethically strong, those born in the Year of the Dog are honest, trustworthy, and can be relied upon to keep a secret.  But this strong sense of right and wrong may lead them to be judgmental and make them feel as though they ought to intervene in matters which often do not concern them.  Their actions are, however, well-intended.

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