The 1995 Traditional Culture set is one of the two Traditional Culture sets issued by the People’s Bank of China to commemorate the 5000 years of Chinese history and culture. Out of the different cultural themed commemorative coins from modern China, the Traditional Culture sets cover the widest range of cultural highlights from ancient China, ranging from arts and architecture to famous people. The 1995 Traditional Culture set consists of two sets of five Gold coins: five 1 oz gold coins of 100 Yuan denomination and five 1/10 oz gold coins of 10 Yuan denomination; and one set of six silver coins made up of five 22 gram silver coins of 5 Yuan denomination and one 15 gram silver coin of 3 Yuan denomination.
The obverse of all 16 coins features the Great Wall of China, the words “People’s Republic of China” in Chinese at the top of the coin, and “1995” at the bottom of the coin. The reverse covers different topics in traditional Chinese culture and history, with the two sets of gold coins and the silver set sharing five designs. The 15 gram silver coin has a separate design.
The five reverse designs that were used for the 1 oz Gold, 1/10 oz Gold and 22g Silver feature the following: Emperor Taizhong of Tang, who was one of the greatest kings in the history of China and had lead China into one of the most powerful and prosperous kingdoms in the East during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD); Mencius (372 – 289 BC), a famous philosopher who’s interpretation of Confucius’s teachings has became the orthodox Confucianism that is being practiced by generations of Chinese as well as Westerners; Lion Dance, a traditional dancing and acrobatic routine often seen during festivals and celebrations that is now famous worldwide; Liuhe Pagoda, a famous Pagoda that sits beside the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou which is one of the finest architectures from the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD); and Peking Opera, a traditional Chinese theatre which has been enjoyed by royalties and the working class alike. The 15 gram silver coin features on the reverse side the construction of the Great Wall, a feat that was started as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 – 207 BC) and continued till the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD) to keep invaders out.
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