This is a pure, gold, five ounce coin featuring an ancient Chinese painting. This coin is .999 in fineness and proof in quality. It measures 60 millimeters in diameter from edge to edge. All proof coins have been struck multiple times, giving the coin background a mirror-like finish and the embellishments a matte finish. This coin, minted in 1994, displays one of the corner tours of the Forbidden City on the obverse face and an ancient Chinese painting of children on the reverse face. In all, 99 of this particular design and weight of coin were released in 1994.
On the obverse face of the coin, one can see “The People’s Republic of China” printed in Chinese letters at the top edge. The year of production, 1994, is printed at the bottom of the coin, amongst the gentle waves of the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace. The corner towers, four in all, were built in 1420 as guard towers for the Forbidden City. Guards would look out from these intricate and imposing towers in order to protect the royal family residing inside the walls. The towers and walls of the Forbidden City were, and still are, surrounded by deep moats, ensuring further protection.
On the obverse face of the coin, one can see the denomination of the coin, 500 yuan, printed at the bottom. Above this imprint is a reproduction of an ancient Chinese painting of two children. The two children are dressed in heavy winter clothing, suggesting that the scene takes place in winter. The two children are holding a toy and playing with a cat that is under the shade of a tree. This is a peaceful scene showing the innocence of children and nature.
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