China 1999 12 oz Gold Rabbit

1000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1999 12 oz Gold Rabbit 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 1999 Year of the Rabbit coin from the set.  The obverse features the inscription “The People's Republic of China”, below which is an image of characteristic architecture from Shanghai's Garden of Happiness, built in 1577 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) by Pan Yunduan.  Pan was a Ming Dynasty official and designed the garden for his parents to live out their old age.  The garden is a symbol of filial piety, an important concept in Confucian tradition.  Below this picture is the year of production, 1999.

The reverse shows a painting by the Chinese artist Liu Kuiling (1885-1967).  The painting featured is called “Picture of a Pair of Rabbits”.  It shows two rabbits next to a rock crouched under a branch.  One rabbit sits directly beneath the branch, the other crouches, nuzzling up to the other in the foreground.  The denomination, 1000 yuan, in the top right of the face.  This coin has a mintage of 99.

The rabbit is sign of peace and luck in Chinese culture.  Those born in the Year of the Rabbit like to keep the peace and are very calm individuals, making them expert mediators.   They are reserved and somewhat introverted, but can master their emotions even when angry, showing no sign of aggression.  The rabbit externally seems tranquil and docile, but inside they are keen-witted and sharp.

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