◆ Theme Background
The Zodiac is a set of dating system on the basis of twelve animals, which is inextricably linked to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. It sprouted in the Shang and Zhou dynasties and gradually matured in the Qin and Han Dynasties. It has been widely spread among the working people for more than two thousand years. It has been loved and respected by the people and gradually affects all aspects of people's lives. It is no longer a simple symbol of the year, and the passages of time have injected rich connotations into it, forming a unique zodiac culture in China.
The Zodiac Series commemorative coins of precious metals are a combination of traditional culture and diverse genres of periods of time. In addition to the demonstration of the zodiac design, this series of commemorative coins also incorporates the essence of a variety of traditional folk cultures, enriching the characteristics of the traditional zodiac culture.
The Chinese Zodiac culture is an important part of traditional Chinese culture. For their unique artistic style and national characteristics, the Chinese zodiac gold and silver coins are well-known both at home and abroad. Since 1981, the People's Bank of China has issued the Zodiac series of commemorative coins of precious metals. It has been warmly welcomed by Chinese collectors at home and abroad. The Zodiac series commemorative coins of precious metals have become one of the important currencies among commemorative coins of precious metals in China.
The theme of the Zodiac series of commemorative coins demonstrates a new distinguishing feature every year. It has long been favored by many coin lovers. Among them, there are many excellent commemorative coins that have won the World Coin Award and the Chinese Arts and Crafts Hundred Flowers Award. The Zodiac series of gold and silver commemorative coins is one of the most important continuation projects in the history of China's commemorative coins of precious metals. The People's Bank of China has been publicly issuing it as a key project of the year.
The dog ranks eleventh in the twelve zodiacs, and its “time of the twelfth hour” is 7-9 pm. The dog is one of the earliest domesticated animals, a companion that humans share weal and woe with, and is considered an animal empathetic to human nature. It is particularly loyal to human beings and thus it symbolizes loyalty. It also has a symbolic implication to foretell good omens and to ward off evil spirits.