2021 Niue 5 oz Silver Great Lunar Race Proof (Gilded)
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- Mintage of 888 coins.
- Contains 5 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Housed in a timber case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
- Each coin is individually numbered on the edge.
- Obverse: Features an image of all the Chinese Lunar Animals.
- Reverse: Displays the likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the face value.
- Sovereign coin backed by Niue government.
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An amazing coin with a story to match. Add this Gilded 2020 5 oz Great Lunar Race coin to your cart today!
There are many varieties of the lunar animals origin story. Some say that the Jade Emperor called a race of animals on his birthday to create the Chinese Zodiac. Others say that it was the Buddha who called the race. Both stories are similar with minor variations. Twelve animals were to become symbols of the Chinese Zodiac and in order to secure their place, would race across a rapidly flowing river. Although the worst swimmer, the rat was very smart. The ox had agreed to carry the rat across the river on its back, but as they reached the shore, the rat jumped off the ox and finished first. The ox was second, with the tiger in third. The Rabbit hopped from one stone to another and was doing well until he slipped. Fortunately, he grabbed onto a log and finished in fourth place. In fifth place came the dragon, who would been first but had stopped to help some villagers. On its way to the finish line the dragon saw the rabbit on the log and gave a puff of air to help it to shore. The horse looked set to finish sixth, but the snake slithered out of the long grass, scared the horse, and took sixth place instead. The monkey, rooster and sheep found a raft and, working together, paddled through the strong currents and the weeds until they reached the shore. The sheep came in eighth place, the monkey in ninth, and the rooster in tenth. The dog had been too busy splashing in the fresh water, and finished in eleventh place. The pig was the last animal to cross the line as it had stopped to eat and fallen asleep. Thus it was decided which animals would form the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, and in what order.
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