The coin pictured is one of twelve which make up a complete set of 500 yuan 5 oz gold lunar coins issued between 1988 and 1999. They are proof coins with a purity of 99.9% and have a diameter of 60mm. The reverse face of the coins in this set feature the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac while the obverse shows various famous Chinese buildings.
This is the 1992 Year of the Monkey coin from the set. The obverse features the inscription “The People’s Republic of China”, below which is an image of the Pavilion of Prince Teng, built in 653 AD and one of the four famous Chinese pavilions. It sits on the east bank of the Gan River in Nanchang. Below this is the year of issue, 1992.
The reverse shows a painting of a solitary monkey sitting at ease on a rock to the right of a peach branch. The monkey holds a freshly picked peach. The painting is one of the works of Huang Junbi (1898-1991). The denomination, 500 yuan, is inscribed to the right of the image. This coin has a mintage of 99.
Those born in the Year of the Monkey are culturally thought of as outgoing and playful, often partaking in pranks tricks. The monkey is seen as having a quick-witted, flexible, inquisitive nature. This inquisitiveness, however, is sometimes interpreted as nosiness, and the monkey can be associated with jealousy or stubbornness. The cheeky, playful, brazen nature of the monkey is shown in the picture by its casual appearance.
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