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China and Its Importance in Modern Coins
China has emerged as a trading partner with many countries, and in addition to its significance as an economic entity its rich, centuries old culture has come to the forefront as a celebrated subject for many coins being minted at major mints.
(Photo courtesy of the Perth Mint.)
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Filigree Silver Lunar Coins
Interesting features are always likely to attract attention, so a Lunar filigree rabbit inside a hollow disk should cause its share of interest. What a great release from the Mint of Finland, a silver filigree rabbit minted for Cook Islands.
This is actually only the second in the Cook Islands lunar series, so it should be easy to get caught up.
Tigers and Rabbits
2010 was the year of the tiger, and many countries have a Chinese lunar series depicting the tiger. 2011, the year of the rabbit is well represented with coins from many of these same mints. These are easy to find on mmany online auction sites.
Pandas and Unicorns
The Chinese Panda is an impressive coin. Minted in both silver and in gold, it is often sought by collectors. However, do look for the yuan symbol, a symbol that resembles the mathematical symbol pi. This symbol associated with a number indicates a denomination, and it is much less likely to be a counterfeit. Chinese counterfeit laws and not very strong, but counterfeiting a current Chinese coin is a serious matter with severe penalties, even in light of the lax laws.
For a rarer issue, consider the unicorn.
Chinese and Australian Trade
The Perth Mint of Australia has just released a five coin set celebrating its involvement with China at the trade expo. One of these coins is in the shape of the Australian continent. Another of these coins shows the kookaburra, the bird most often associated with Australia, as the Australian mascot to the trade expo. These coins are minted in fine silver, and should be in high demand.
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Chinese Culture Influences Coins of Many Major Mints
It is not just the Lunar coins that provide the Chinese influence in m=coinage. Just look at the spectacular images of the Perth Mint coins that follow. China has a rich history, and it is not uncommon for mints to utilize this.
This and the following photo collections are for the Chinese Mythology figure rectangular coins.
Photos are from the Perth Mint.
Silver Chinese influenced Perth Mint coinsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Gold Mythodoly Figures
Gold Chinese Influenced Perth Mint coinsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Coins Honoring the Chinese Lunar Symbols Are Popular
Many major mints have produced lunar coins. Among them are the Royal Canadian Mint, the Riyal Australian Mint, the Perth Mint, and the New Zealand Mint. These coins exist in sizes as small as one half Troy ounce and as large as one kilogram with embedded gemstones in silver, and in multiple sized in gold.
One Kilogram Tiger with Embedded Gemstone
Photos courtesy of the Perth Mint
This is a series II silver lunar coin. Each year the stone is different. Series I silver kilogram lunar coins could be found with a diamond inserted.
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Other Lunar ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Are Chinese Theme Coins Beautiful?
Chinese images can make beautiful coins. Do you agree?