5 Yuan Unicorn; Gold Bullion
China - People's Republic (Gold Bullion Coinage)
|Type||Non circulating coin|
|Value||5 Yuan (5)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
Eastern unicorn, date below
title of PRC in Chinese
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). https://www.chinesecoins.com/search/unicorn-coins/
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