10 euros france 2020 "Year of the Rat"
Production: 2500 units
Diameter: 37 mm
Weight: 31.80 grams
The series of the Chinese Calendar which shows each year a new animal
An innovative striking method with high relief, the engraging reaches up to 15 times its regular height
The series features each year the Chinese calendar animals.
Chinese astrology is based on a 12 years cycle, represented by twelve animals. The 2020 year is the year of the rat.
Obverse, surrounded by a pattern inspired by Chinese traditional arts, the pig flies out from the middle of the coin. The wording «Year of the Pig» surrounds the design. An ideogram realized by a Chinese Calligraphy Master is also displayed.
Reverse we can find the twelve animals that constitute the Chinese zodiac displayed on a traditional screen alongside a Chinese temple door. The one the pig used to go “through” the coin.
On this denomination, Monnaie de Paris magnifies the desin by striking in high relief. It means almost 15 times of the traditional relief.