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France 2009 Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar Zodiac 5 Euro Crown-Sized Silver Proof-Like

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Celebrate the Year of the Ox with this hard-to-find, crown-sized Euro coin, minted in precious silver!

Sold out at the Mint!Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month. Because of their low mintage and intricate and elaborate designs, the coins in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac program minted by Monnaie de Paris are sought after and, in most cases, very hard to find!

An ox surveys the landThe Year of the Rat
In 2009 we celebrate the Year of the Ox. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Ox are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. While everyone knows the saying "strong as an ox", the personality traits go much deeper than that. Ox personalities are tenacious, dependable, confident, patient, enduring, quiet, and systematic, with a kind, caring nature that enjoys helping others. They can be averse to risk, wary of new things, and stubborn at times.

This is the fourth crown-sized coin in the French Lunar Zodiac series. Because of its popularity and low mintage, the 2009 Year of the Ox silver proof-like 5 Euro sold out quickly at the mint.

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ObverseYear of the Ox In Box

The ox stands strong and proud, ready to gore with its horns and appearing as if ready for a rodeo or Spanish bullfighting ring. It is surrounded by an intricately-engraved oriental border design. The legends in French and Chinese translate as "Year of the Ox - 2009".

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The reverse features a portrait of Jean de la Fontaine, the French poet famous for writing a collection of fables, known today as Fables de la Fontaine. Many of his stories, borrowed from the Greek poet Aesop's, involve animals that act like people. Each short tale is designed to teach a lesson or as a comment on human behavior. All twelve animals of the Chinese lunar calendar are also depicted (all can be found in his fables), along with the year of issue and the denomination.

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Each coin is encapsulated and presented in the traditional, blue Monnaie de Paris gift box. An individually numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

An ox and her calf grazing contentedly
Country France
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value 5 Euro
Weight 22.2 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit     10,000
Finish Proof-Like
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Plain
Certificate Individually Numbered

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