Here we have two of the different designs of “Children At Play” coins released in 1994. These coins each feature famous ancient Chinese paintings on the reverse of the coin, and an image of one of the four-corner towers of the Forbidden City on the obverse. Each of these coins is proof in quality, and each is 99.9% pure gold. In all, 1,000 coins of the first design were minted, and 1,000 coins of the second design were minted. The coins in this set both bear the face value of 25 yuan. Both of the coins measure 22 millimeters in diameter.
In 1994, six of the children coins minted are of silver, and five are of gold. The sets of coins featuring famous Chinese paintings were released in blue boxes, with a coin of each design included.
On the reverse of the first coin, one can see an image of three children playing together in the summer. The children wear light summer robes, and they are playing with toy boats in a small tub filled with water. The child in the foreground is leaning over the water and playing with his boat. The other two children watch him, one holding another boat and the other a large flower. Below the tub, one can see the face value, 25 yuan.
On the reverse of the second coin, one can see a scene of two children in winter. The children are heavily clad. The first holds a toy in one hand, and gazes down at a cat who is playing under the shade of a tree. The second child gazes at the cat also. Below these children, one can see the denomination, 25 yuan.
On the obverse face of each of the coins, one can see one of the four-corner towers of the Forbidden City. From these tall and ominous towers, the imperial guards of the Ming and Qing dynasties could see the happenings of the city and thereby protect the emperor, empress and other royalty from any attacks. The towers are surrounded by moats all all sides, to ensure even greater protection. Above the tower, one can read, “The People’s Republic of China.” Below the tower, appearing as if in water, is the year of release, 1994.