China 1992 12 oz Gold Monkey

1000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1992 12 oz Gold Monkey 1000 Yuan Proof Coin

The coin pictured above is one of twelve which make up a complete set of 1000 yuan 12 oz gold lunar coins issued between 1988 and 1999.  They are proof coins with a purity of 99.9% and have a diameter of 70mm.  The reverse face of the coins in this set feature the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac while the obverse shows various images of famous and iconic Chinese architecture.

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 by Li Yuanying, the brother of the Emperor.  While he was governor of Nanchang the pavilion functioned as his townhouse.  It is located in the city of Nanchang and sits on the east bank of the Gan River.  Below the image is the year of issue, 1992.

The reverse shows a rendering of a painting by Gao Qifeng (1889-1933).  His work is characterised by a blend of eastern and western style painting, and a combination of traditional and modern techniques.  Despite his short life, he had a remarkable influence on the art world and was one of the founders of the Lingnan school of painting.  The painting shows a family of seven monkeys - five young monkeys and two adults.  The family of monkeys is under peach blossoms, the younger ones crowding around the two adults.  The artist's use of perspective in the painting is well represented in the rendering.  The denomination, 1000 yuan, is inscribed to the left 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.  They are considered to be jokers and revel in playing pranks and tricks, often out of shear boredom.  Monkeys are known for their curiosity and intelligence, but this curiosity is sometimes misinterpreted as prying.  The playful nature of the monkey is shown in the picture by the manner in which the young monkeys are depicted rambling around.

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