This is the 1992 Chinese Year of the Monkey 8g gold commemorative coin and is the last coin of the first series of lunar coins issued by the People’s Bank of China. The series comprises twelve 8g gold lunar coins distributed between 1981 and 1992, one coin from each year. They commemorate the twelve Chinese zodiac animals, paintings of which are featured on the reverse face of the coins. The obverse face of the coins show various Chinese architectural wonders.
The Year of the Monkey coin was struck at the Shenyang mint and is certified to be a coin of proof quality. It has a face value of 150 yuan, a diameter of 23mm, a purity of 91.6%, and has a mintage of 5,000.
The reverse face of the Year of the Monkey coin of the series features a representation of a painting by the influential and largely self-taught Chinese artist Qi Baishi (1864-1957), known particularly for traditional Chinese paintings using fanciful and eccentric brushstrokes in watercolour. His work featured on the coin is called “Picture of White Monkey Showing a Peach”. It depicts a monkey crouching on a rock surrounded by peach blossoms holding a peach out in its right hand. To the right of the monkey is inscribed the denomination of the coin, 150 yuan.
The piece of architecture featured on the obverse face is the Pavilion of Prince Teng. Above the image of the pavilion are the Chinese characters “The People’s Republic of China”. Below the design is inscribed “Pavilion of Prince Teng” in Chinese characters, below which is the year of issue, 1992. The pavilion was built in 653 AD in Nanchang during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and served as the house of Li Yuanying (who was given the title of Prince Teng by his brother, the Emperor) during his governorship of the city.
Occupying the ninth position in the Chinese zodiac, the monkey is a symbol of imagination and curiosity in Chinese culture. People who have the monkey as their zodiac sign are considered to be humorous, witty, clever, and overly curious in nature.
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