Year of the pig
10€ silver coin - Proof quality yeardate 2019

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Diameter 37 mm
Metal SILVER 900‰
Weight 22.2 g
Qualité Proof
La qualité "Belle Épreuve" est la plus haute qualité numismatique devant les qualités "Brillant Universel" (BU) et "courante". Une pièce belle épreuve est une pièce obtenue au moyen de coins et de flans spécialement préparés et de conditions de frappe particulières, de sorte que les motifs de gravure ressortent avec une grande netteté et que la surface est sans défaut. Les fonds de la gravure sont extrêmement brillants, les reliefs sont matés.
Mintage 2500
Millésime 2019
Valeur faciale 10€
The series of the Chinese Calendar which shows each year a new animal 2019 : the year of the pig The series features each year the Chinese calendar animals.Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. Th...
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Year of the pig 10€ silver coin Proof quality yeardate 2019


    • The series of the Chinese Calendar which shows each year a new animal 
    • 2019 : the year of the pig 

    The series features each year the Chinese calendar animals.
    Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. The 2019 year is the year of the pig.
    On the obverse, surrounded by a pattern inspired by Chinese traditional arts, the pig flies out from the middle of the coin. The wording « Year of the Pig » surrounds the design. An ideogram realized by a Chinese Calligraphy Master is also displayed.
    On the reverse we can find the twelve animals that constitute the Chinese zodiac displayed on a traditional screen alongside a Chinese temple door. The one the pig used to go “through” the coin!

    The Collection

    One of the oldest in the world, the chinese calendar is a sun-and-moon calendar. Months are set according to the moon, i.e. the first day of each month, is the new moon and the 15th day is the fuul moon. Because the solar year counts 12 lunar month plus a dozen of days, seven intercalary months are added over each 19 years, in order for the calendar year to stay within a solar year. Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. In order appear the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. Each animal is a symbol of characteristic personality traits of persons born during this sign.

    Creating the Chinese calendar collection is always an exercise in mysticism. We have to pay tribute to the lunar calendar while at the same time bringing a French touch to it, creating this mixture of cultures. Added to this are the character traits linked to the signs, which we try to translate into a kind of anthropomorphism represented by the attitude we express through each animal! 

    Engraver word
    Year of the tiger
    Année du buffle
    Année du rat

    Our craftman


      Trained at the best schools, they have the years of experience behind them necessary to master all aspects of the craft. Using industrial oil-based modelling clay and working from a design executed freehand or with CAD software, they skilfully fashion a low relief model in order to enhance the engraving and the way it catches the light. They work alternately with concave and convex plaster moulds until satisfied they have achieved the best 3D rendering of the design.


      The first minters began to ply their trade in France when striking with a hammer appeared in the 4th century BC. Nowdays, minsters use press instead of a hammer. Their knowledge of dies, engraving and metals, and their expertise - passed seamlessly down from one generation to the next for centuries - guarantees the excellence of their work.