ULAN BATOR, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Bank of Mongolia, the country's central bank, on Tuesday issued a silver coin to celebrate the traditional Chinese Year of the Pig.
The commemorative coin, which is marked 10,000 Mongolian tugriks (3.7 U.S. dollars), has a 38.61-mm diameter and contains 31.1 grams of pure silver. It depicts a Mongolian bodon, or wild boar in English.
The coin is available at the Treasury Fund of the central bank at a cost of 400,000 Mongolian tugriks (150 U.S. dollars) per piece, the bank's spokesperson Ariun Dagva told Xinhua.
The Year of the Pig begins Feb. 5, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Since 1972, the Bank of Mongolia has been issuing gold, silver and bronze coins depicting the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, endangered animals, Olympic athletes and other well-known figures, as well as historical events or anniversaries.