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18 February 2015

Macau - Banco Nacional Ultramarino Year of the Goat 2015 Commemorative

Ten Patacas
Dated 1.1.2015
Reverse
Today is Chinese New Year Eve. As part of the tradition, many Chinese would have returned to their home town by now to have a reunion meals celebration with their elders/parents. To all those who celebrate this Spring Festival, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all. 

This is a Ten Patacas 2015 Year of the Goat commemorative Banknote. Both the Bank of China and Banco Nacional Ultramarino commenced issuing Chinese Zodiac banknotes since 2012, with the first issue for the Year of the Dragon. Unlike all previous Chinese Zodiac notes issued, this note was released much earlier, on 6.10.2014, together with the Year of the Horse 10 Patacas notes. This is the forth issue note in the 12 Animals cycle series. The design of this note is very similar to those issued by Bank of China except the company's brand name, it's head office building and the signatures. It is said that people who were born in the year of the Goat will received financial help or inherit money from unlikely sources. Well, if you are one, your days will come, hopefully soon! Here are some famous people who were born in the Year of the Goat - Barbara Walters, King George IV, Rudolph Valentino, Sir Laurence Oliver (1907), Billie Jean King (1943), Pierre Trudeau (1919) and the late Shah of Iran (1919). Goat years - 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015. 

Lunar Chinese New Year 12-year full cycle

23 January 2012 to 9 February 2013 - dragon
10 February 2013 to 30 January 2014 - snake
31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015 - horse
19 February 2015 - Goat - 07 February 2016
08 Feb 2016 to 27 Jan 2017 - monkey
28 Jan 2017 to 15 Feb 2018 - rooster
16 Jan 2018 to 04 Feb 2019 - dog
05 Feb 2019 to 24 Jan 2020 - pig
25 Jan 2020 to 11 Feb 2021 - rat
12 Feb 2021 to 31 Jan 2022 - ox
01 Feb 2022 to 21 Jan 2023 - tiger
22 Jan 2023 to 09 Feb 2024 - rabbit

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