China 1994 12 oz Silver Dog
100 Yuan Proof Coin
About the China 1994 12 oz Silver Dog 100 Yuan Proof Coin
Above is one in a set of coins created to honor the Chinese Zodiac as well as great works of Chinese architecture. This coin was minted in 1994, the Year of the Dog, and features a dog on the reverse and the Phoenix Pavilion on the obverse. It is a 12 ounce, 99.9% pure, silver coin bearing the legal tender face value of 100 yuan. The coin is of proof quality, which gives the finish of the background a mirrored quality.
The Phoenix Pavilion was the location of the emperor’s palace during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The Pavilion is located in Shenyang. The pavilion is one of China’s great towers. It is three stories tall, and stands in the center of the complex of buildings that were erected for use by the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It used to be the tallest building in the city. There are twenty four staircases to the pavilion, representing the different sections of the Chinese lunar year. Below the tower is the year in which the coin was officially released, 1994.
On the reverse face of the coin is a painting by Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit who traveled to China during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor during the Qing Dynasty (1735-1796). Castiglione was fortunate enough to become a well-respected painter in the court. He quite likely walked by the Phoenix Pavilion and its twenty-four staircases frequently. The painting shows a dog, trotting happily along and wagging its tail. It stands under a tree and walks through a patch of flowers. Above the dog’s head is the face value of the coin, 100 yuan. In all, 500 of these coins were released in 1994.
In Chinese culture, the dog represents loyal friendship, fidelity, honesty and compassion. Those born in the Year of the Dog are said to have a strong moral compass. They often think of ethical issues before acting on a decision, and they are both trusting and trustworthy. People of this year can become judgmental because of their strong opinions and morals, and at times, they may wish to step into situations that they perceive as wrong. Dogs are also prone to worry because of their caring and tender hearts, which further gives them the desire to step in when unnecessary. Because of the dog’s loyalty, honesty and amiability, one can always trust that they have the best intentions at heart.