Wednesday, 31 August 2016

[Coin News] 2017 Macau Lunar Series Year of the Rooster Gold and Silver Proof Coins (2017 澳門生肖系列雞年精鑄金銀幣)

The Monetary Authority of Macau proudly presents the Macau Lunar Coin Collection (2008 – 2019), which is exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint. The Macau Lunar Rooster Coin, the tenth in this collection is issued in conjunction with the arrival of the 2017 Year of the Rooster.

The reverse side features the St. Dominic’s Church. Located within the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the church is one of Macau’s oldest historical structures, built in 1587. Today, its bell tower, refurbished into the Treasure of Sacred Art Museum, hosts a collection of around 300 artefacts. A church of both Portuguese and Spanish influences, its unmistakable Baroque style yellow and green façade stands prominently in the heart of Macau’s famous St Dominic’s Square.

The obverse side of the coin features the outline of a magnificent rooster, accompanied by blooms of rosy Celosia cristata, also known as cockscomb. The name cockscomb was given to this flower due to its similarity to the comb of the rooster. The rooster’s comb or crown, has the Chinese words ‘雞冠‘whereby its ‘冠’ has the same pronunciation as the ‘官’ from the word, ‘Official’. Therefore, the arrangement of a rooster with cockscomb flowers symbolises career progressions due to the Chinese words, “官上加官”, literally meaning to add another ‘crown’ on top of a ‘crown’.






Country : Macau, China
Year : 2017
Purity : 999.9 Fine Gold
Finish : Proof
Weight : 7.78g
Diameter : 21.96mm
Thickness : N/A
Mintage : 5000







Country : Macau, China
Year : 2017
Purity : 999 Fine Silver
Finish : Proof
Weight : 155.52g
Diameter : 65mm
Thickness : N/A
Mintage : 2000








Country : Macau, China
Year : 2017
Purity : 999 Fine Silver
Finish : Proof
Weight : 31.1g
Diameter : 40.7mm
Thickness : N/A
Mintage : 8000




St. Dominic's Church (Portuguese: Igreja de São Domingos; Chinese: 玫瑰堂) is a late 16th century Baroque-style church that serves within the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau. It is located in the peninsular part of the city at the Largo de São Domingos, situated near the Leal Senado Building.