5 Yuan Unicorn; Gold Bullion

5 Yuan (Unicorn; Gold Bullion) -  obverse 5 Yuan (Unicorn; Gold Bullion) -  reverse


Country China - People's Republic (Gold Bullion Coinage)
Type Non circulating coin
Year 1996
Value 5 Yuan (5)
Metal Gold (.999)
Weight 1.56 g
Diameter 14 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 939
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Unicorn Series


Eastern unicorn, date below
title of PRC in Chinese

Lettering: 1996

Translation: People's Republic of China


Head of western unicorn, right, denomination at right





The Chinese Unicorn series was a short-run limited edition of coins and sets released by the China Mint between the years of 1994 and 1997, produced in various sizes of platinum varieties, bimetallic coins, and gold and silver proofs.
The unicorn is a horned mythical creature of good fortune, and on the coins both an eastern and western depiction are to be seen. In traditional Chinese culture the Qilin is a magical creature of good omen and a bringer of prosperity. It has the head of a dragon with the antlers of a deer, the scales of a fish, the hooves of an ox, and the tail of a lion. Originally during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) the Qilin was associated with the giraffe. This was at the time when giraffes had first been brought back from Africa by the famous eunuch admiral Zhenghe (1371-1433).

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1996  5,000 Proof

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