Every Lunar New Year, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) releases a zodiac gold coin. In Chinese astrology theory, the calendar has a 12-year cycle, and each year is represented by an animal, beginning with the Year of Goat and ending with the Year of Horse.
PBC began issuing Chinese New Year zodiac coins, which are worth 1 yuan (about $0.16), in 2003. The coin series include expressions for happiness and good fortune.
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