China 2007 1/2 oz Gold Pig

200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2007 1/2 oz Gold Pig 200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin displayed above is one of a twelve coin series of 1/2 oz gold lunar fan-shaped coins, the first of which was issued in 2000 and the last of which was issued in 2011.  Each coin commemorates one of the animals that feature in the Chinese zodiac.  Appearing on the reverse face of the coins is an image of the commemorated zodiac animal that corresponds to the particular coin's year of issue.  On the obverse faces of the coins are depictions of various sites of interest and significance along the Great Wall.

Displayed here is the 200 yuan, 2007 Year of the Pig coin belonging to the series.  It is a brilliant uncirculated coin with a purity of 99.9% and a mintage of 6,600.  The fan shape is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the coins in this set.  It has an outside arc of 58mm and an inside arc of 39mm.

Featured on the reverse face is a depiction of five pigs, above and to the right of which appears the face value, 200 yuan.  The five pigs, one adult and four piglets, have content expressions on their faces as the piglets nestle around the flanks of the adult, who stands protectively among them.  In the Chinese zodiac, the pig is deemed a sign of fortune and prosperity due to its well-fed appearance.  It is thought that children born in years associated with the pig will be happy because they will always have good-fortune and never go hungry.

Featured on the obverse face is an inscription in Chinese characters meaning: “The People's Republic of China”; an image of the Bianjing Tower of the Great Wall; and the year of issue.  The inscription appears at the top of the coin face.  Below this is a depiction of the imposing tower.  Bianjing Tower stands in the town of Daixian in Shanxi province and was built in 1374 in the seventh year of the reign of Emperor Hongwu (reigned 1368-1398) of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Standing 26m tall on top of a 13m high base, it is more commonly known as the Drum Tower.  Above the image and to the right is the year of issue, 2007.

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