China 2009 1/2 oz Gold Ox

200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2009 1/2 oz Gold Ox 200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Displayed above is a 1/2 oz gold lunar fan coin which forms part of a commemorative series of twelve lunar coins with similar specifications, one coin issued for each year between 2000 and 2011.   Featured on each of these coins is one of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.  Each brilliant uncirculated (BU) coin of the series has a mintage of 6,600, contains 99.9% pure gold, and is in the shape of a fan.  This fan shape has an inner arc 39mm in length and an outer arc 58mm in length.

This is the 2009 Year of the Ox coin from the series of twelve, and was issued by the People's Bank of China on 22nd November 2008.  Its face value is 200 yuan.  

Shown on the obverse faces in this series are various images of sites along the course of the Great Wall.  The Year of the Ox coin features a depiction of Niangzi Pass in Shanxi province.  The pass is one of the major passes guarding the crossings of the Taihang Mountains between Shanxi province and Hebei province.  Built in 1542 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the pass which stands today was part of the Ming era modifications and upgrades to the Great Wall.  Above the depiction of the pass is the year for which the coin was issued, 2009, and an inscription reading: “The People's Republic of China”.

Featured on the reverse faces are pictures of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.  This coin bears an image of an ox swimming submerged up to its neck in water.  The image is laid over a background picture of a profile image of the head of a bull, its horns lowered preparing to charge.  In the top left hand corner of the coin face appears the face value, 200 yuan.

In Chinese astrology the ox symbolises such characteristics as patience, tenacity, and dependability.  Someone born in the Year of the Ox can always be relied upon.  While the ox is an embodiment of diligence and a strong work ethic, it has a stubborn personality and those born in ox years can be quite narrow-minded in their approach to tasks.

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