The Central Bank of the Republic of Taiwan have announced (16th January) that two collector coins will be issued in celebration of the Lunar New Year and the ushering in of the Year of the Dog. The Lunar New Year arrives on the 18th February 2018, and ends on the 4th February 2019, with the year being dedicated to the Dog. The Chinese tradition pertaining to the Lunar New Year assigns a mythical or actual animal to the year as a zodiac which renews itself every 12 years. Each zodiac is said to hold specific attributes to the year it is assigned and to those who are born during the year itself. This 2018-dated Lunar set is the second issue in a series which was launched in 2017 with coins dedicated to the year of the Rooster. This series will conclude in 2028.
100-yuan: The image on the obverse of the silver coin depicts a standing gold-plated Taiwan Dog, a breed of small or medium-sized dogs indigenous to the island, along with the date of the coin’s issue attributed as the 107th year of the establishment of the Republic of China (Taiwan since 1949). The reverse side features an image of the performances of the folklore troupes of Sam Thai Tsu (Prince Nezha), a deity in Taiwanese folk religion. The year of issue is shown in western characters and the denomination of “100” is seen in both western numerals and Chinese characters.
10-yuan: The copper-alloy coin reflects the philosophy of Taiji (or t’ai chi ch’üan) and features a depiction of the stylised head of a dog along with the date of the coin’s issue. The image of the orchid plant on the reverse is applied with a colour application in purple and green. The year of issue is shown in western characters and the denomination of “10” is seen in both western numerals and Chinese characters.
|25 g||38 mm||Brilliant Unc. with applied colour||
|31.1 g||38 mm||
Proof with gold plating
The Central Bank has announced that their new collector coins will be officially issued from the 25th January 2018, and will be available as a set containing the two coins presented in a polished wood frame in the style of an easel — suitable for display.
The Bank of Taiwan, in the commercial and retail sector, has been authorised to retail the new coin on behalf of the Central Bank. The coins are available in sets with a strict limit of one set per purchase and are issued on a “first come-first served” basis. For additional information on these and other coins issued by the Central Bank of Taiwan, please visit the website of the Bank of Taiwan.