Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the designations of the country of issue, denomination and the year of issue.
On the reverse in the center there is an image of a dragon entwisted the globe, made in color. Around the globe the four elements are symbolically depicted in color: earth, fire, water and air.
A brief annotation
The Eastern calendar was drawn up during the semi-legendary Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the middle of the third millennium BC. This calendar is a 60-year-old ring system based on astronomical cycles of the Sun, Earth, Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn.
A legend says that all animals were invited by Buddha to celebrate the first New Year. Buddha promised to give each animal a year, which will be called by its name. Only 12 animals came to the invitation of Buddha: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster and dog. The last one who came was a pig.
The grateful Buddha gave to all these 12 animals one year to rule. The Eastern calendar starts from the year of a rat and ends with a year of a pig. In the East they believe that these animals have the ability to confer people with certain personal features depending on the year of their birth.