China 1992 5 oz Silver Monkey

50 Yuan Proof Coin

About the China 1992 5 oz Silver Monkey 50 Yuan Proof Coin

This is the 1992 silver, 5 ounce Year of the Monkey coin. This coin is one of twelve designs that honor the Chinese zodiac. The first design was released in 1987, and the final design was released in 1998. This coin is .999 in fineness, measures 70 millimeters in diameter, and had a planned mintage of 2000 pieces. Like the other coins in the series, this coin features a famous architectural work on the obverse face and a rendering of the animal that corresponds to the year on the reverse face.


At the top edge of the obverse face of this coin, one can read the Chinese characters translating to, “The People’s Republic of China.” At the bottom edge is the date of issue, 1992. On this side of the coin is an image of the Pavilion of Prince Teng, built in 653 AD. The pavilion was built to honor the brother of the emperor, Prince Teng. The pavilion, considered to be one of the great pavilions of China, rests on the east side of the Gan River. It is located in Nancheng, one of the former capital cities of China.


A painting by Huang Junbi (1898–1991) graces the reverse face of the coin. The painting is of a lone monkey sitting on a rock just below the branch of a peach tree. The monkey is shown holding a peach. Rather than eating the peach, he looks off into the distance. To the right of the monkey’s head, one can read the denomination of the coin, 50 yuan.


The monkey is generally associated with playfulness, trickery, and mischief in Chinese culture. Those born in the Year of the Monkey are known to be sharp-witted jokesters who may sometimes take jokes a bit too far. The monkey is also known to be highly intelligent and a strong creative and critical thinker. Monkeys may also be overly nosy, which can annoy some of their companions.

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