This is a 99.9% pure, silver coin from the set produced in 1994, featuring ancient Chinese paintings of children. This coin bears the face value of 100 yuan, weighs twelve ounces and is proof in quality. It measures 80 millimeters across, from edge to edge. The proof quality of the coin gives the coin its signature mirrored background and feathered embellishments. Because of the quality of the embellishments, the scenes on either side of the coin possess a three dimensional quality.
On the reverse face, one can see a famous Chinese painting featuring two children and a cat. On the obverse is one of the famed four corner towers constructed for use in the Forbidden City. In all, 400 of these twelve ounce silver coins were produced in 1994.
The painting shown on the reverse of the coin shows two children playing under the shade of a tree. They are holding a toy, and they appear to be engaging a cat, who is also playing under the tree. Both children are wearing winter clothing, so this scene is likely a winter scene. Below the two children, one can see the face value of the coin, 100 yuan.
On the obverse face of the coin, one can see a detailed image of one of the four-cornered towers. These towers were constructed on the outer walls of the Forbidden City in order to keep watch and keep the royalty living inside the gates protected from invaders. Below the tower, one can see the trees surrounding the outer walls of the Forbidden City. Above the tower, at the top edge of the obverse, one can read “The People’s Republic of China” in Chinese characters. Below the wall, one can read the year of issue, 1994. The year of issue appears to be afloat in the water surrounding the wall.
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