This coin is a celebration of Chinese-Canadian culture, embodied by an illustration honouring the ancient Chinese zodiac. The year 2015 is ruled by the sheep, one of the 12 animals assigned to this zodiac; these animals are symbolic representations of how others perceive you, or how you present yourself, although there are many complex layers involved in the actual interpretation of specific birthdays. This proof coin is double struck with a frosted cameo finish, the highest quality produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. This is a substantial coin, weighing about one ounce of pure .9999 fine silver. Mintage is limited to 18,888 pieces worldwide. Since this item is struck in pure silver, it is exempt from GST/HST.
This coin boasts a unique and stylized illustration by Aries Cheung of a ram with one leg raised, its head turned towards the viewer majestically. Created to the exacting and sophisticated standards of the Royal Canadian Mint, this piece features a stunning proof finish, and would make a thoughtful and unique gift for those born in the year of the sheep, or a beautiful addition to any zodiac-themed collection. The coin features a sheep on a hill top, a sunset and the Chinese symbol for sheep.
Year of the Sheep:
People born in the Year of the Sheep (otherwise known as the Year of the Goat, or Year of the Ram) are born in the years 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015. The sheep (or ram) is a well-liked animal, as it is gentle and calm, and does not like to create a fuss. For a very long time, the sheep has represented purity and good things in Chinese culture. Like all things, these signs have dualistic natures. People born in the year of the sheep are likely tender-hearted, polite, and clever. They may have a special craving for art and beauty, and tend to long for a quiet life. Though wisdom and compassion come naturally to those born in the year of the sheep, they also carry potential for pessimism and emotional sensitivity.