China 1999 5 oz Gold Rabbit

500 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1999 5 oz Gold Rabbit 500 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twelve which make up a complete set of 500 yuan 5 oz gold lunar coins issued between 1988 and 1999.  They are proof coins with a purity of 99.9% and have a diameter of 60mm.  The reverse face of the coins in this set feature the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac while the obverse shows various famous Chinese buildings.

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 which was built in 1577 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Below this picture is the year of issue, 1999.

The reverse shows a piece of art by Zhang Ming (1918-2009), the renowned Chinese twentieth century painter.  The painting featured is called “Morning Glory with a Pair of Rabbits”.  It depicts two rabbits lying under a morning glory branch.  The denomination, 500 yuan, is inscribed below the image.  This coin has a mintage of 99.

The rabbit is traditionally seen as a symbol of luck and good-fortune in Chinese culture.  Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are considered great problem solvers and make good politicians and diplomats.   They are reserved, cautious, and kind, but can be moody, detached, and withdrawn.  The rabbit is thought of as a graceful and elegant animal - attributes which are reflected in the posture of the rabbits in the painting.

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