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2008 Chinese Year of the Rat Gold Cameo $15

2008 Chinese New Year of the Rat Gold Cameo $15Centuries ago. the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar, rather than the solar cycle. In 1998, Canada inaugurated a remarkable series of coins designed by Harvey Chan, featuring the animal symbols of Chinese astrology based on the lunar Calendar.

These animals roughly approximate the signs of the zodiac in western culture, however, denote years instead of months. For 2008, the Royal Canadian Mint continues production of the annual series with a coin commemorating the Year of the Rat.

All 12 of the Lunar animals, the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger. the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig, appear in a circular arrangement around the rim of each coin, with a different animal highlighted each year in a central cameo.

2008 Chinese New Year of the Rat Gold Cameo $15

The coin's obverse bears the effigy of her Majesty Queen Eliiaheth II by artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt.

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

Besides 2008, other years of the Rat have been 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984 and 1996.

The Coin, 40 millimetres in diameter, contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper and weighs 14 grams. it features a gold-plated central octagonal cameo and has a nominal value of $15 Canadian.

$98.88 CDN

Note: Silver is currently in a speculative market and silver coins may be unavailable or subject to price changes. Please phone or email before ordering to confirm price and availability.


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