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Year of the Rat
20€ High Relief Silver coin - Proof quality yeardate 2020

€99.00
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Diameter 37 mm
Metal SILVER 999‰
Weight 31.1 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 2020
Valeur faciale 20€
The series of the Chinese Calendar which shows each year a new animal2020 : year of the ratAn innovative striking method with high relief, the engraging reaches up to 15 times its regular heightThe series features each year the Chinese calendar an...
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Year of the Rat 20€ High Relief Silver coin Proof quality yeardate 2020 | Monnaie de Paris
20€ High Relief Silver coin - Proof quality yeardate 2020
€99.00

    Description

    • The series of the Chinese Calendar which shows each year a new animal
    • 2020 : year of the rat
    • An innovative striking method with high relief, the engraging reaches up to 15 times its regular height

    The series features each year the Chinese calendar animals.
    Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. The 2020 year is the year of the rat.
    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.

    On this denomination, Monnaie de Paris magnifies the desin by striking in high relief. It means almost 15 times of the traditional relief. 

    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