The latest issues in China's
Lunar Zodiac series are fan and flower-shaped coins
commemorating the Year of the Dog. It is said that
people born in the year of the dog are brave, loyal,
and devoted to duty.
A pair of Pekingese, as originally depicted in
the painting "Frisking Dogs," is featured
on the silver and gold fan-shaped coins. These
"Imperial" dogs have a history dating
back as far as 2000 BC. For Centuries the Pekingese
was worshipped in the temples of China, and it
was the custom for the Emperor to select four
Pekes who were to become his "bodyguards."
These four Pekes would precede the Emperor on
occasions of state, two of them announcing his
approach at correct intervals with sharp, piecing
barks, the other two daintily holding the hem
of his royal robe in their mouths. Theft of a
Peke or injury to one of them was considered to
be a crime punishable by death. The other side
of the fan-shaped coins shows the Qingyang Gate
of the Great Wall of China.
The fan-shaped silver coin has a face value of
10 Yuan, contains 1 oz. of pure .999 silver, and
has mintage of 66,000 Brilliant Uncirculated pieces.
The gold version has a denomination of 200 Yuan,
contains 1/2 oz. of pure .999 gold, and has a
mintage of only 6,600 Brilliant Uncirculated pieces.
The new flower-shaped Year of the Dog coins feature
members of an ancient breed that originated in
China thousands of years ago, similar to ShibaI
Inus and Akitas, adapted from the painting "Clever
Dogs." The other side pictures a dog- pattern
from Chinese ancient bronze ware.
The flower-shaped silver coin has a face value
of 10 Yuan, contains 1 oz. of pure .999 silver,
and has mintage of 60,000 Proof pieces. The gold
version has a denomination of 200 Yuan, contains
1/2 oz. of pure .999 gold, and has a mintage of
only 8,000 Proof pieces.
China's new 2006 fan and flower-shaped coins
can be ordered from official distributor Panda
America, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance,
CA 90503. Credit card orders can be placed by
calling (800) 472-6327 or at www.pandaamerica.com.