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1998 Silver Proof 100 Patacas - Year of the Tiger

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The Chinese Year - Year of the Tiger

Chinese mythology tells of a day when Buddha summoned all animals to a meeting and promised that any of them who paid him homage would be honoured byt having a year named after them.  Only 12 animals arrived at the meeting place and so each year of the twelve year cycle of the Chinese calendar was named after an animal in the order they arrived at the meeting with Buddha - the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, moneky, cock, dog and pig.

To commemorate the Chinese New Year, the AMCM (Monetary and Foreign Exchange Authority of Macau) regularly issues a limited edition of proof silver coins.  The coins are part of a set of 12 which represent the years of the old Chinese calendar named after the animals.  They feature the animals of the Chinese year and are collectors items.

The tiger symbolises power, passion and daring.  The lady tiger is the most charming and radiant hostess, she is solicitious, vibrant and disarming.


Coin Specifications

Weight - 28.28gms

Diameter - 38.6mm

Face Value - 100 patacas

Maximum Coinage - 5000 coins

A certificate of authenticity accompanies this beautiful coin, which is encapsulated and presented in the original Royal Mint case.

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