China 1991 5 oz Silver Goat

50 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1991 5 oz Silver Goat 50 Yuan Proof Coin

This is the 1991 Year of the Goat coin, a 5 ounce silver coin, .999 in fineness, that is part of a set of coins released from 1987 to 1998. This set was issued by the China Mint to honor the Chinese zodiac, an important piece of Chinese cultural history. This coin bears the face value of 50 yuan, and it measures 70 millimeters in diameter. Like the other coins in the series, the coin shows an image of the animal corresponding to its year of authorization on one side and a famous work of architecture on the opposing side of the coin.


The obverse of the coin shows the Yueyang Pavilion, a famed watch tower that was built during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912). Above the watchtower, one can read the words, “The People’s Republic of China,” in Chinese lettering, and below it, one can see the year of issue, 1991.


On the reverse face of the coin, one can see an illustration of three goats. A mother goat nurses the kid, while the father stands watch. Above the male goat, one can see the denomination of the coin, 50 yuan. The goats are surrounded by tufts of grass and flowers. This scene represents the caring and familial nature of those born in the Year of the Goat. The China Mint authorized 2000 pieces of this coin for release in 1991.


The sign of the Goat is associated with nurturing, caring, and family. Those born in this year are said to be artistic, sensitive, and caring. The goat is traditionally associated with motherhood and femininity, and it is also strongly affiliated with an aesthetic sensibility and flair for art. Goats may be introverted and shy but will make excellent friends and parents due to their caring nature.

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