|Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar, rather than the solar, cycle. In 1998, Canada inaugurated a remarkable series of coins, designed by Harvey Chan, featuring the animal symbols of Chinese astrology based on the lunar calendar. These symbols roughly approximate the signs of the zodac in western culture, however, they denote years instead of months.
In 2002, the Royal Canadian Mint continues production of the annual series with a coin commemorating the Year of the Horse.
All 12 of the lunar animals - Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig - appear in a circular arrangement around the rim of each coin, with a different animal highlighted each year in a central cameo.
2003 Sterling Silver Lunar Cameo Coin - Year of the Sheep
The comfort of friends at Christmas - and if one of them is a caring, good Samaritan, chances are he/she is a Sheep.
Check your calendar. 2003 is the Year of the Sheep and if this wonderful person was born in 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, or 1991, this Christmas offers you a unique opportunity to show them just how much you appreciate their good nature. This coin also makes an original gift for any "new arrivals" due in 2003!