As the new year approaches so does the next animal in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac, the ox. The Year of the Ox represents the 2nd animal of the 12-year cycle. In Chinese culture, the ox represents a faithful friend who has made great contributions to the development of society. People born in the Year of the Ox tend to be hardworking, kind, reliable, fair, and conscientious. Recent years for this zodiac animal include 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and finally 2021! Each coin in the set bears the common obverse design of national emblem of the People’s Republic of China with Chinese traditional auspicious patterns, country name, and the year of issue.