A second series of coins began in 1988 even while the first series was only in its eighth year, not having yet completed its cycle. The China mint issued several series in both gold and silver. The largest gold and silver coins would each weigh twelve ounces. Smaller sizes were released of five ounces and the better known, more widely accessible one ounce coins.
The China Mint continues to this day minting proof Chinese coins in gold and silver. With increasing popularity has come heightened demand and nowadays, huge coins are issued. The kilo gold lunar series began in 1995 with the year of the pig, concluding with the year of the dog coin of 2006. Currently, this would be considered the most prized set of lunar coins in monetary terms with a market value somewhere around 4,200,000 RMB or $6.6m approx. No known sets have ever traded hands. A new 10 kilogram gold coin series has begun! In 2011, the Year of the Rat coin sold at auction with a hammer price a little over $1,000,000. The good news is that all Chinese Lunar coins are very attractive and there are coins to cater to every budget and assembling a twelve coin set is very rewarding! You can get to know more about the animals of the Chinese calendar as well as distinguished persons born in any given year – from both Eastern and Western culture – by clicking in the animals below. Pictured are the coins from the Chinese Lunar Fan series, 12 x 1/2 oz gold coins that span 2000 to the year 2011.