China 1995 5 oz Silver Pig
50 Yuan Proof Coin
About the China 1995 5 oz Silver Pig 50 Yuan Proof Coin
The coin shown here is one in a series honoring the Chinese zodiac. Between 1987 and 1998, the China Mint authorized twelve different 5 ounce silver coins for release. This coin is the 1995 Year of the Pig coin. The coin features a mother pig watching over her piglets on the reverse face, and an image of the Yonghe Temple on the obverse face of the coin. All of the coins in this series feature the animal that corresponds to the year of release, and all feature famous works of architecture on the obverse face. The coins are all proof in quality and measure 70 millimeters in diameter. All coins are .999 in fineness. In all, 1000 pieces of this coin were released in 1995.
The 1995 Year of the Pig coin shows the inscription, “The People’s Republic of China” at the top edge of the obverse face, and the year of release at the bottom edge of the obverse face. The Yonghe Temple, a lamasery in Beijing, is portrayed in the center of the obverse face. The Yonghe Temple is arguably the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple in the world, and it is a refuge and training center for Tibetan Buddhist monks, or lamas. The Temple is the most recent of the works shown on these zodiac coins, with its construction beginning in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, the last dynasty to rule over china.
On the reverse, one can see a painting of a sow and her four piglets. This painting, rendered delicately on the surface of the coin, was first created by Huang Zhou, a notable artist who lived and worked in China from 1925–1997. Like many of his contemporaries, Huang was known for his ability to mix Western and Eastern painting styles. Huang was also known for his unique use of the Tajik painting style. During his time with the People’s Liberation Army, Huang learned much of the Tajik people, an ethnic minority of Northern China. The painting is entitled “Picture of Five Pigs.” This scene shows the familial and caring nature of the pig. It also indirectly refers to the pig’s association with fertility. Above the piglets on the right, one can see the denomination of the coin, 50 yuan.
As the painting conveys, pigs are known to have a sensitive and tranquil demeanor. They are loyal friends, hard workers, and constant companions. Those born in this year are sometimes gullible, likely due to their incredibly sensitive and trusting nature.