This is the 1992 Year of the Monkey 15 gram, 90% pure, silver coin. It is the final of the first series of coins minted by the People’s Bank of China to honor the Chinese Zodiac. Like the other coins in the series, the 1992 Year of the Monkey coin, features the animal representing that year on the reverse, and a great work of Chinese architecture on the obverse. These coins were released in small blue collector’s boxes from 1981 to 1992. This coin bears the denomination of 10 yuan and had a mintage of 10,000 pieces. It is proof in quality, making the background appear mirror-like, while the embellishments appear to be matte.
The reverse of the coin shows a painting of a sitting monkey, by the renowned Chinese painter, Ma Jin. Ma Jin was particularly talented at watercolor painting and painted scenes of nature, animals, and figures. He was respected as highly versatile in his content. He employed the traditional Chinese brushstroke techniques along with the broad brushstrokes employed by Western artists. This image depicts a monkey, sitting cross legged, and looking off into the distance contemplatively. To his right is printed the denomination of the coin, 10 yuan.
The monkey is the jokester of Chinese culture, which is well represented by the playful appearance of the monkey in the above image. Those born in this year are reputed to be funny, quick-witted and ingenious. Sometimes overly playful, monkeys can hit a tender nerve in those born under more sensitive signs.
The Pavilion of Prince Teng is shown on the opposing face of the coin. “The People’s Republic of China” is printed in Chinese lettering above the pavilion, and below the pavilion, one can see the characters signifying, “Pavilion of Prince Teng,” as well as the year of release. The Pavilion was built by Li Yuanying, the younger brother of the Emperor Taizong. Li was given the title of Prince Teng, and served to rule over Nanchang while living in the Pavilion. The Pavilion was passed to the next governor, who rebuilt the building for himself. The Pavilion has been destroyed and reconstructed twenty-nine times since 652 AD.
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