||100 roubles 2008 - Year of the Rat - Chinese Horoscope||
32 mm diameter, 14.14 g, silver 92.5%, flat edge |
Obverse: denomination "100 RUBLEI" (Cyrillic), coat of arms of the self proclaimed republic of Transnistria (bearing hammer and sickle), inscription "PRIDNESTROVSKII RESPUBLIKANSKII BANK" (in Cyrillic and Russian) meaning "[TRANS] NISTRIAN REPUBLICAN BANK", year 2008, under the year 925, the silver fineness
|Reverse: a rat represented in Chinese style, inscription GOD ZEMLEANOI KRYSY (in Russian, Cyrillic) meaning YEAR OF THE EARTH RAT, year 2008 and a Chinese hierogliph representing the year of the rat
Mintage: 500 coins
Year 2008 approximately corresponds to the Chinese year of the earth rat (approximately, because the Chinese year does not begin on January 1st). The Chinese zodiac uses a 60 year cycle. Each year is governed by an animal and an element. The twelve animals are, in order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The five elements are metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
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