China 1999 12 oz Silver Rabbit
100 Yuan Proof Coin
About the China 1999 12 oz Silver Rabbit 100 Yuan Proof Coin
The above coin is a 12 ounce, 99.9% pure, silver Chinese Zodiac coin. These coins were minted between the years of 1988 and 1999, a full lunar cycle, starting with the dragon, and culminating with the rabbit. This set of 12 ounce coins features the animals of the Chinese Zodiac on the reverse faces of the coins, and iconic works of Chinese architecture on the obverse faces. Each coin in this series bears the denomination of 100 yuan.
The final coin in the series, this Year of the Rabbit coin shows the Shanghai Garden of Happiness on the obverse of the coin. The Garden of Happiness was built during the Ming Dynasty in the year of 1577. Pan Yunduan, an official of the dynasty, was responsible for the design of the Garden. An ever responsible son, he built the garden for his parents to retire to during their twilight years. Because of its history, the Garden of Happiness has become a symbol of a child's devotion to his parents. This is an important concept in Chinese tradition, in particular in the teachings of Confucius. Above the Garden, one can see the Chinese characters that translate to, \"The People's Republic of China.\" Below the residence, one can see the year of issue, 1999.
Liu Kuiling, whose paintings appear on many of the Zodiac coins, is responsible for the original artwork whose replica appears on the reverse face. Liu grew up in the countryside, and was famous for his natural scenes. He was the father of renowned artist Liu Jiyou. This painting, entitled, \"Picture of a Pair of Rabbits,\" shows a duo of rabbits nuzzling one another. In the background, one can see a tree branch shading the rabbits. The denomination of the coin appears to the right of the branch. In all, 500 of these coins were produced in 1999.
The rabbit is a very fortuitous sign in China. It is considered to be a peaceful, happy animal who lives life with luck and prosperity. Those born in this year are naturally nurturing and desire to keep peace in any social gathering. Rabbits may tend to be shy, reserved or introverted, but are actually quite bright and thoughtful.