China 2002 1/2 oz Gold Horse

200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2002 1/2 oz Gold Horse 200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Pictured here is one of twelve fan-shaped 1/2 oz gold lunar coins which were struck at the Shenzhen mint between 2000 and 2011.  The series of twelve commemorates the animals of the Chinese zodiac, each coin commemorating the creature associated with that coin's year of issue.  They are all brilliant uncirculated (BU) 1/2 oz gold coins and are certified as having a fineness of 99.9%.

The coin seen here is the 2002 coin from the series which commemorates the Year of the Horse.  The denomination is 200 yuan and the mintage is 6,600.  The outside edge of the coin has an arc length of 58mm, and the inside edge of the coin has one of 39mm.

On the reverse face is featured a picture of two running horses.  They are depicted mid-gallop, running together.  Their speed is evident from their flowing manes and tails.  The denomination appears in the top right of the reverse face of the coin.

On the obverse face is featured an image of a section of the Great Wall near the city of Tianjin.  The specific part shown is Huangya Pass which is nestled in the scenic mountains north of Tianjin.  The pass was initially built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577) and then later modified and strengthened during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Above the image of the pass is the inscription “The People's Republic of China”.  Below this and to the left is inscribed the year of issue, 2002.

The horse, a symbol of freedom and independence in Chinese culture, is a particularly popular sign in Chinese astrology.  People who have the horse as their birth sign are thought of as intelligent, lively, and independent people with free-spirited and energetic personalities.  In Chinese culture the horse is associated with travel, roaming and liberty, and is therefore often used to bless travel arrangements.

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