It is designed around the Spring and Autumn equinoxes when days are equally long all over the planet.It contains 12 months that have 28 to 31 days each.He is an analyst for the NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide as well as a consultant on Chinese modern coins.
Both the silver and gold lunar coins of 1981 were struck as Proofs and are highly sought after by collectors.
As a result a specific date in the solar calendar can move around quite a bit when plotted on the lunar one, often shifting by several months.
While it requires more complex calculations than the solar calendar, the lunar-based system is used to mark traditional holidays and events like births in China.
The China Mint began to celebrate the Lunar New Year in 1981.
The Mint decided to use artwork by famous Chinese artists as the basis for each year’s coin design.