The Maneki-neko (招き猫, lit. ‘beckoning cat’) is a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat, traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail, with a paw raised in a Japanese beckoning gesture. The figurines are often displayed in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, dry cleaners, and other businesses, generally near the entrance. Some Maneki-neko are now equipped with a mechanical paw which slowly moves back and forth.
Maneki-neko come in different colors and styles and vary in degrees of detail. Common colors are white, black, and gold. In addition to statues, Maneki-neko can be found in the form of keychains, piggy banks, air fresheners, pots, and numerous other mediums. Maneki-neko are sometimes referred to simply as “lucky cats”. (Wikipedia)
Special Shapes Gold is a loosely defined CIT collection of little gold coins struck in unique shapes. First issued in 2007, the series has gained huge popularity over the years. The motifs have traditionally included symbols of good fortune, joy and happiness.
The little gold coins are popular good luck charms, tokens and presents not just for collectors but also friends and family.
Depicts Maneki Neko with a paw raised in a Japanese beckoning gesture.
Depicts the national emblem of the Republic of Palau and the denomination.
Presented in a capsule in CIT’s minigold collector’s box. A certificate of authenticity is enclosed.
|COMPOSITION||0.5 gram of 0.9999 gold|