The Chinese Unicorn Series was a short-run issue of limited edition coins and sets released by the China Mint between the years of 1994 and 1997. The unicorn is a horned mythical creature of good fortune, and on the coins both an eastern and western depiction are to be seen. In traditional Chinese culture the Qilin is a magical creature of good omen and a bringer of prosperity. It has the head of a dragon with the antlers of a deer, the scales of a fish, the hooves of an ox, and the tail of a lion. Originally during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) the Qilin was associated with the giraffe. This was at the time when giraffes had first been brought back from Africa by the famous eunuch admiral Zhenghe (1371-1433). Produced in various sizes, there are about a handful of platinum varieties, two bimetallic coins as well as small and large gold and silver proofs. ChineseCoins.com is regularly acquiring Chinese Unicorn coins so check back frequently for new listings and deals on these very special pieces. If you find something you like below, get it while you can. In almost all instances, we have one of each coin and once it’s gone – we don’t know when we’ll have another.