Introduced by Emperor Huan Ti in 2637 BC, the Chinese lunar calendar consists of a 12-year cycle, with each year featuring a different representative animal: the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The character of each animal is believed to influence the events and political and economic conditions of its year, as well as the personality of individuals born during its cycle.
The personal connection of the each year's animal to the individuals born in that year makes the Chinese lunar calendar a popular subject for collectible coins. APMEX is proud to offer a variety of beautiful coins to honor each of the 12 animals from the entire lunar calendar. Each animal is represented in second-to-none designs by the Royal Canadian Mint.