China 1997 12 oz Gold Ox

1000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1997 12 oz Gold Ox 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 1997 Year of the Ox coin from the set.  The obverse features the inscription “The People's Republic of China”, below which is an image of the Mingyuan Tower.  The tower stands as the principal building of the Jiangnan Examination School where aspiring civil servants came to take the imperial examinations of feudal China.  The complex was the largest of its kind in China and had over 20,000 exam rooms.  Below this is the year of production, 1997.

The reverse shows a painting by Liu Jiyou (1918-1983), a famous Chinese artist known for his paintings of animals and flowers using a combination of traditional and western techniques.  The painting featured is called “Pair of Cows” and shows a cow nursing her calf under the cover of a tree.  The denomination, 1000 yuan, is inscribed in the bottom right of the face.  This coin has a mintage of 99.

The ox or cow is considered to have an extremely powerful nature.  Those born in the Year of the Ox are reliable, diligent, and ambitious.  They are calm and have a strong resolve but can be somewhat stuck in their ways, verging on narrow-mindedness.  The reliable nature of the cow is reflected in the painting by the way in which the calf relies on its mother for nourishment.

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