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Year of the Rabbit 1oz Silver Gold Plated Medallion - Silver Coin

Silver Coin
GBP £63.86
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Technical details
  • 05.12.2023
  • Ying-Min Chu, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Sunshine Mint International Ltd
  • 1oz
  • 40mm
About Year of the Rabbit 1oz Silver Gold Plated Medallion

The story of Chinese New Year starts with Jade Emperor, who created the Zodiac calendar, a 12 -year cycle to help track the passage of time. The Rabbit was chosen to represent the fourth year in the Zodiac after it came fourth in the Jade Emperor’s great race.

Chinese believe that the Zodiac and the animal years in which people are born have a tremendous influence on their lives and personalities. Despite the rabbit coming fourth in the Jade Emperor’s great race, being a Rabbit is considered fortunate. Rabbits are said to have calm, noble demeanours. They love to be creative, they are sociable and they live long and happy lives. Yet for harmony to exist in the universe, Rabbits must also have their dark sides. They are known to be arrogant at times, prone to escapism and averse to taking even the slightest of risks.

The design of the 2023 Year of the Rabbit medallion is inspired by the style of the Chinese nianhua poster. These posters are traditionally designed and produced for New Year celebrations. They show gods, animals and babies enacting Chinese folklore. The style of the posters can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty when woodblock printing was popularised.