The 100 Yuan silver monkey lunar year coin from 1992 weighs twelve ounces and was minted exclusively at the Shanghai Mint. It is an impressive 80mm in diameter and is .999 fine silver. The Chinese government authorized a mintage of 500 for this coin. The reverse side of this coin depicts a scene of six monkeys. The obverse side illustrates the Pavilion of Prince Teng.
The monkeys on the reverse side are shown frolicking in a family setting. The monkey is a legendary and auspicious symbol that is highly revered in traditional Chinese culture. Those born on Monkey years are believed by Chinese astrologers to be inherently wise. Toward the left of the six monkeys the coin has its face value depicted with the number 100 followed by the Chinese character for the Yuan.
The obverse side of this coin is an image of the ancient Pavilion of Prince Teng found in the city of Nanchang built originally in the year 653 during the Tang Dynasty. This structure is recognized throughout China as representing the standard style of the country’s traditional architecture. The famous Forbidden City, built in the 15th century drew heavily from its design. Also on this side of the coin is the year of its manufacture, located near the coin’s bottom edge in the center.
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