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Fan and Flower-Shaped Year of the Dog Coins Issued by China
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.


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Price: $425.00
Metal: Silver Denomination: 10 Yuan
Weight: 1 oz. Mintage: 60,000
Purity: .999 Grade: NGC PF-70 Ultra Cameo

Price: $275.00
Metal: Silver Denomination: 10 Yuan
Weight: 1 oz. Mintage: 60,000
Purity: .999 Grade: NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo

Price: $189.00
Metal: Silver Denomination: 10 Yuan
Weight: 1 oz. Mintage: 60,000
Purity: .999 Grade: Proof
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