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2018 France 1 oz Silver 20 Euro Year of the Dog High Relief Proof (Lunar)

SKU 10985

The first high relief coin ever minted by Monnaie de Paris features an endearing Chow-Chow in honor of the Year of the Dog!

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Comes in a box along with a certificate of authenticity from the Monnaie de Paris.
  • Mintage of just 5,000 coins.
  • First high relief coin ever minted by Monnaie de Paris, along with a new denomination.
  • The first year of a new lunar series from Monnaie de Paris.
  • Obverse: Features a high relief Chow-Chow within a circle of traditional Chinese motifs. He appears through the coin using the door displayed on the reverse. The animal's ideogram appears on the dog itself.
  • Reverse: Depicts all of the animals of the Chinese zodiac on a screen surrounding a traditional Chinese temple door.
  • Certified by the Monnaie de Paris.
This Silver coin would be a great addition to any collection or an ideal gift for a loved one. Add this 2018 France Silver €20 Year of the Dog High Relief Proof (Lunar) coin to your cart today! 

The dog exhibits some of humankind's most noble features, including loyalty, faithfulness, honesty and a profound sense of duty. The dog also inspires confidence and does his best for others. Throughout history, dogs have often been the champion of justice, seeking to remedy injustice.

The Chinese calendar is one of the oldest in the world and is based off of the sun and moon. Months are set according to the moon. For example, the first day of each month is the new moon and the 15th day is the full moon. Because the solar year counts 12 lunar months plus a dozen days, seven intercalary months are added over each 19 years in order for the calendar year to stay within a solar year. According to Chinese tradition, the first calendar system was created by the Yellow Emperor in 2637 BC. The Gregorian calendar was officially adopted by the PRC in 1912, then extended to the whole state in 1929. New Year is between January 20th and February 21st each year.

Chinese signs of the zodiac include the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and the Pig. Each animal is a symbolizes personality traits of people born during the sign.