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Taiwan's central bank to issue Year of the Dog coins

2018/01/16 22:11:13

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan's central bank will issue 120,000 sets of commemorative coins on Jan. 25 ahead of the Chinese lunar calendar's Year of the Dog, Shih Tsuen-hua (施遵驊), director-general of the bank's Department of Issuance, said Tuesday.

Each set consists of a one-ounce silver coin with a face value of NT$100 (US$3.37), and a copper alloy coin with a face value of NT$10, Shih said.

The obverse face of the silver coin features a Taiwan Dog, a breed of small or medium dog indigenous to the island.

The reverse side of the coin features "Techno Santaizi," a renowned performing group that combines traditional Taiwan folk dances with electronic music and represents Taiwan's temple culture.

The copper alloy coin features a depiction of a dog's head on one side and orchids on the other, he said.

According to the bank, the coin sets will be sold at NT$1,800 each.

The central bank has designated Bank of Taiwan to handle sales of the commemorative coins, starting Jan. 25, the director-general said, adding that each buyer will be allowed to purchase only one set.

(By Chiu Po-sheng and Ko Lin)