China 1993 12 oz Silver Rooster

100 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1993 12 oz Silver Rooster 100 Yuan Proof Coin

This coin is one of the 12 ounce silver, .999 in fineness, lunar coins that honor one of the creatures of the Chinese Zodiac. These coins were issued between the years of 1988 and 1999. These coins are of proof quality, which produces a mirror like finish on the face of the coin and a matte finish on the coin’s embellishments. The reverse face of each coin features the animal of the Zodiac, and the obverse shows a great work of Chinese architecture.

This coin was authorized for release by the China Mint in 1993, the Year of the Rooster. Because of the year in which it was produced, this coin features the rooster on one side. On the opposing side, one can see a rendering of a portion of the city walls of Xi’an. Xi’an was one of the Four Great Capitals of the Chinese Empire, and held this title during the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang dynasties. Its walls were originally built in 194 BC, and the walls one can see in Xi’an today were erected starting in 1370 AD.

On the reverse side of this coin appears a painting of two chickens. This painting was created by Qi Baishi, who lived from 1864 to 1957. The painting depicts both a rooster and a hen. The hen glances up to see the rooster perched precariously on a rock, and likely showing off his large comb and bright tail plumage.  Qi taught himself to paint after adopting the trade of carpenter at age fourteen. He is noted for his whimsical style, and the motion portrayed in his watercolor works. One can see the face value of the coin to the left of the hen. In 1993, the China Mint authorized that 500 of these coins be released.

In China, the rooster is thought of as an icon of honesty. Those born this year are especially forthright, which can sometimes be construed as blunt or harsh. People born in this year, like the rooster pictured on the coin, tend to enjoy being the center of attention and even showing off. They may like to brag about their accomplishments, and may interrupt or ignore others in social settings. Roosters feel that they are meant to be adored.

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