Issues 2003 "Year of the Goat"
Flower-shaped, Fan-shaped, and Rectangular Coins
of goats appeared on ancient Roman coins over 2,000 years
ago. China issued its first goat coins in 1991, and will again
strike silver and gold "Year of the Goat" commemoratives
dated 2003 (available in early November). In a departure from
previous years, the reverses of China's new lunar-zodiac coins
feature a decorative goat design in the style of the Han Dynasty
(202 BC - 220 AD).
"Year of the Goat" coins are available as flower-shaped
1 oz. pure silver (6,000 minted) for $68, fan-shaped 1 oz.
pure silver (66,000 minted) for $55, and rectangular 5 oz.
pure silver (1,888 minted) for $275. Year of the Goat coins
are also available in pure gold as follows: flower-shaped
1/2 oz. 2,300 minted) for $425, fan-shaped 1/2 oz. (6,000
minted) for $395, and rectangular 5 oz. (118 minted, call
for current price). Orders can be sent to official distributor
PandaAmerica, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA
90503 or phoned in to (800) 472-6327. Add $5 per order for
here to shop online.
have been associated with both Western and Eastern astrology
since ancient times. When astrological symbolism arose, Capricorn
was based on two kinds of goats -- domestic and wild. The
two are emblematic of Capricorns' dual natures -- dour and
taciturn or feisty strength and strong humor. Those born in
the Chinese lunar-zodiac "Year of the Goat" - like
Michelangelo and Mohammed Ali -- are said to be charming,
artistic and successful.
by Mel Wacks