China 2011 1/2 oz Gold Rabbit

200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2011 1/2 oz Gold Rabbit 200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

The coin above is part of a series produced over a twelve year period between 2000 and 2011.  The series comprises twelve lunar coins, one issued for each year, commemorating the twelve animals which make up the Chinese zodiac.  The coins have the following common specifications: they are all a characteristic fan shape formed from an outer and inner arc measuring 58mm and 39mm respectively; weigh 1/2 oz gold; are 99.9% in fineness; are brilliant uncirculated coins; and have mintages of 6,600 per coin.

This coin commemorates the 2011 Year of the Rabbit and has a denomination of 200 yuan.  Its reverse face features an image of a rabbit against a backdrop of a decorative rabbit head image.  The denomination is inscribed above and to the right of the image.  The rabbit is a symbol of peace and grace in traditional Chinese astrology.  It is also a lucky sign and as a result is a popular animal among the Chinese.  White rabbits are believed to be symbols of longevity.  There are also strong associations between the rabbit and the moon in Chinese culture - people used to believe that a rabbit lived on the moon and was visible during the Mid-Autumn Festival when the moon was full.

The coin's obverse face features an inscription in Chinese at the top of the coin face which reads: “The People's Republic of China”.  Underneath this is the year for which the coin was produced, 2011.  The image that appears beneath this is of Jiayu Pass in Gansu province.  Jiayu Pass is the first pass from the western end of the Great Wall and lies at the narrowest point at the western end of the Hexi Corridor.  It is an important point on the ancient Silk Road and was built in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

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