Famous Paintings

Purple Clouds from the East – Xu Beihong

2015 is a big anniversary in the artistic community in China, as it marks 120 years since the birth of the revolutionary Chinese master painter, Xu Beihong 徐悲鸿 (1895 – 1953). For MCC collectors and enthusiasts, with the release of … Read More

Xu Beihong’s Latest MCC Portfolio

Xu Beihong Xu Beihong (1895 – 1953) was born in Jiangsu Province at the end of the 19th Century – a time when revolutionary western social and political ideas were starting to take hold in China. It is perhaps not … Read More

20th Century Chinese Artists

The work of 20th Century Chinese artists is commemorated both directly and indirectly on collectable Chinese coins. Some series issued by the People’s Bank of China specifically celebrate the work of a particular artist, such as the 1997 series featuring … Read More

The Legacy of Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai, whose likeness is expertly captured in a set of three commemorative coins issued in 1998, was the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), holding office from October 1949 until his death in Beijing in 1976. … Read More

Zhang Daqian – Chinese painter

Internationally possibly one of the best-known 20th Century Chinese painters, Zhang Daqian was a remarkable artist and a highly skilled and gifted forger. While initially he was considered a traditional Chinese, or guohua, painter, later in his artistic career he … Read More

Xu Beihong – Chinese Painter

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Xu Beihong, a master painter and renowned Chinese artist, was commemorated in a five-coin set produced in 1995. The coins feature renderings of some of his most exquisite works, including paintings of a … Read More

Wu Zuoren – Chinese Painter

Wu Zuoren was a traditional Chinese master painter. He was considered by the artistic community to be a man of great ability and as a result enjoyed a good reputation. He specialised in oil painting as well as traditional Chinese … Read More

Chinese Peacock Coins

The peacock is said by the Chinese to be the earthly form of the legendary heavenly bird, the phoenix. It is the embodiment of civilization and culture, representing nobility and power as well as being an auspicious sign and being … Read More