Something interesting about Chinese zodiac coins
Chinese zodiac is widely known in the modern world, so commemorative Lunar year coins are very popular among both collectors and common people. At the present time Lunar series coins are often bought for presents, especially depicting the animal sign of the present year or the year of one’s birth. Actually, collectable Chinese zodiac coins are great presents for birthday or New Year.
Some countries use Chinese Lunar Calendar traditionally as far as they have historical connections to China or been influenced by its culture. These countries are Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and some others. Almost each of the countries has its own variant of zodiac containing some changes in combinations of animal signs. There are Wild Boar, Cat, Mouse, Sheep, Water Buffalo, Leopard and even Snail signs in different national variants of Chinese horoscope. Historians say that the legendary nomadic tribe of Huns brought the Chinese zodiac system to Europe and its adopted version was used in pagan Bulgaria.
Western world regards Chinese zodiac as a colorful charming tradition and additional occasion to celebrate. Each Chinese zodiac animal possesses the whole year in 12-year cycle order. It’s believed that the reigning sign of the year determines the distinctive sides of those who born in that year. Chinese astrology also claims people interact with each other easily or hardly depending on the animal signs they born under. This conception attracted numerous followers among people all over the world and made Chinese zodiac and Lunar Calendar very popular subjects for souvenirs and gifts.
Mints of many countries issue thematic Lunar year coins for decades; Canada, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom and Mongolia in particular. The very first Chinese zodiac coins were issued by China in 1981, since then numerous zodiac series of commemorates launched there; all the rest Lunar series coins were inspired by them.