China 2004 1/2 oz Gold Monkey

200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

About the China 2004 1/2 oz Gold Monkey 200 Yuan Fan Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Displayed above is the 2004 1/2 oz gold lunar fan-shaped coin from a twelve coin set issued over twelve years, one coin from each year, between 2000 and 2011.  The coins in the set are all a distinctive fan shape with a central angle of 30 degrees, an outside arc of 58mm, and an inside arc of 39mm.  They each commemorate one of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals according to the lunar calendar and are all brilliant uncirculated coins.  They have been certified as having a purity of 99.9%.  This coin from 2004 commemorates the Year of the Monkey and has a mintage of 6,600 with a face value of 200 yuan.

The design appearing on the obverse face shows the inscription in Chinese with the meaning: “The People's Republic of China”.  Underneath this is the year in which the coin was issued, and below that is a picture of the Badaling section of the Great Wall.  The Great Wall was initially built during the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) and is recognised worldwide as an architectural wonder due to its ambitious length and scale.  The Badaling section of the wall lies just outside of Beijing and is the most popular section for visiting tourists.  Much of the wall, including the Badaling section, was repaired and modified during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Displayed on the reverse face is a picture of two monkeys climbing on a tree branch.  One sits with its tail hanging down and its back to the trunk, while the other is stood on all fours moving along the branch.  The face value is shown in the top right corner of the reverse face.

The ninth zodiac sign in the cycle of the twelve animals and symbolising imagination and flexibility, the monkey is associated with character traits such as inquisitiveness, cunning, and humour.  The monkey is respected in Chinese culture for its similarity to man and as such is seen as a clever, energetic animal.  Perhaps the most famous monkey in Chinese culture is Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King.  The Monkey King possessed supernatural powers with immense speed and strength, single-handedly defeating the entire army of Heaven in the 16th Century Chinese classic novel, Journey to the West.

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