China 2006 1/2 oz Gold Dog

200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2006 1/2 oz Gold Dog 200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin above is the 2006 Year of the Dog 1/2 oz gold fan-shaped coin.  Twelve 1/2 oz gold lunar fan-shaped coins were issued between 2000 and 2011, together making a complete set of twelve coins, each celebrating a different animal of the Chinese zodiac.  All brilliant uncirculated (BU)  and of 99.9% fineness, these coins feature the zodiac animals on their reverse faces and sections of the Great Wall on their obverse faces.  The characteristic fan shape is comprised of an outer arc of 58mm and an inner arc of 39mm, taken from a circle sector with a centre angle of 30 degrees.  They all have mintages of 6,600.

The Year of the Dog coin has a denomination of 200 yuan which is inscribed on the reverse face above and to the right of an image of two dogs.  The dogs are pictured underneath some leafy foliage.  One sits upright, while the other noses and sniffs around its front paws.  Dogs in Chinese culture, like in other cultures, are seen as loyal and faithful companions.  Traditional Chinese astrology deems those born in the Year of the Dog to be honest and unpretentious people, with high moral values and sensitive personalities.  They make great friends and partners.

Featured on the obverse face is a rendering of a picture of Qingyuan Tower in the town of Xuanhua to the north of the Great Wall.  The tower was built in 1482 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Inside this famous tower is a bell, the bell being cast in 1539.  It is said that the chiming of the bell, which is 2.5m high and 1.7m in diameter, can be heard up to 20km away.

Above and to the right of the image of the Qingyuan Tower is inscribed the year of production, 2006.  At the top of the obverse face is the inscription in Chinese characters reading: “The People's Republic of China”.

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