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1996 Macau Year Of The Rat Chinese Zodiac Three Coin Gold Proof Set

1996 Macau Year Of The Rat Chinese Zodiac Three Coin Gold Proof Set Boxed
£2,950.00
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Gold proof three coin Macau Year of the Rat Chinese Zodiac set from 1996. These sought-after coins were struck by The Royal Mint in LLantrisant, Wales for the Monetary and Foreign Exchange Authority of Macau. Macau is a city and special administrative region in the southwest of China and is one of the richest and most densely populated regions in the world. This set is part of a series released between 1995 and 2006, representing the years of the old Chinese calendar, named after animals. 1996 was the year of the rat. Those born in the year of the rat are said to be adaptable, clever and kind. The three 916.7 gold coins in this highly collectable set feature a rat to the reverse, along with the denominations: 1000 Patacas, 500 Patacas and 250 Patacas. The Macanese Pataca is the currency of the Macau Special Administrative Region. The reverses read 'MACAU 1996' and bear an image of the iconic ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral in Santo António, Macau. The coins are comparable in size and composition to British Double Sovereigns, 'full' Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns respectively. Each comes from a limited edition presentation with just 2500 of the smaller coins issued in this year. We are offering this set in its original red leather presentation box with a Royal Mint logo to the inside of the lid. The coins are presented in individual capsules. An information booklet in several languages is included.
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Coins In 1996 Macau Year Of The Rat Set

  • 1996 Macau Year Of The Rat 1000 Pataca Gold Proof
  • 1996 Macau Year Of The Rat 500 Pataca Gold Proof
  • 1996 Macau Year Of The Rat 250 Pataca Gold Proof

Specification

Three 22-carat (91.67%) gold proof coins, 15.98 grams, 7.99 grams and 3.99 grams respectively. Total actual gold weight: 25.63 grams. Diameters similar to UK Double Sovereigns, 'full' Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns. Currency: Macanese Pataca.

Presentation

These three coins come in individual capsules inside a black velvet-lined red leather box. The logo of The Royal Mint (the manufacturer) is shown in gold to the inside of the lid. An information booklet is also included, titled 'A Mitologia Do Calendário Chinês Em Ouro' ('The Mythology Of The Chinese Calendar In Gold'). This set comes from a limited edition presentation of less than 2,500 sets which can be challenging to find in the UK.

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