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GOAT AGATE Two Layer Lunar Year Series 3 Oz Silver Coin 1000 Francs Rwanda 2015


The second issue of Lunar series with two layer of agate inlay, this issue celebrates the Year of the Goat. This 3 oz coin consists of pure silver 999 with a mintage strictly limited to only 888 pieces worldwide.

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The Goat
The Goat is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The sign is also referred to as the Ram or Sheep sign, since the Chinese word yáng is more accurately translated as Caprinae, a taxonomic subfamily which includes both sheep and goats.
The Chinese commonly regard sheep as an auspicious animal, and the Year of the Sheep, therefore, heralds a year of promise and prosperity. "Yang" is a component of another written Chinese character "xiang", which means auspiciousness, and the two were interchangeable in ancient Chinese, according to one source. It is also a part of the character "shan", which counts kindness and benevolence as among its meanings.
Individuals born in this zodiac year have been supposed to share certain characteristics with other individuals also born in years of the same animal sign. Similarly, years sharing the same animal sign have been supposed to share certain characteristics, repeating over their 12/60 year cycle. The shared characteristics in this case are traits attributed to goats.
Due to the luni-solar nature of the traditional Chinese calendar system, the "zodiacal" year does not align with the Western calendar: new years are determined by a system which results in each new year beginning on a new moon sometime between late January to mid-to-late February. Goat aspects can also enter by other chronomantic factors or measures, such as hourly.
In Chinese astrology Goats are described as peace-loving and "kind" and "popular". With the addition of the wood element, the Goat characteristic is thought to love peace and to be helpful and trusting, but yet also to be "clinging" and of a nature resistant to change.

  • CountryRwanda
  • Year2015
  • Face Value1000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)65
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)888
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The outstanding design of each coins depicts an amazing three-dimensional goat, every coin holds a unique two colored stone which is carved in high relief from a single piece of two layer agate. The coin’s obverse depicts the Republic of Rwanda Coat of Arms.