China 1992 Silver Bronze Age Finds
About the China 1992 Silver Bronze Age Finds Proof Set
Pictured above are the four 5 yuan, silver coins belonging to the 1992 set of coins featuring Bronze Age discoveries and technological innovations. These silver coins each weigh 15 grams, measure 33 millimeters in diameter, and contain 90% pure silver. The obverse faces of each of the four coins displays the Chinese National Emblem, which has been in place as a symbol of the Chinese Communist Party since 1950. Below the emblem, the words, “Chinese Bronze Age Finds” are printed in Chinese characters, and below these characters is the year of issue, 1992. The font used on this set of coins differs from the other Bronze Age Finds sets. The reverse face of each coin shows an innovation of the Bronze Age, along with the denomination, 5 yuan. In total, 15,000 sets of silver 5 yuan Bronze Age Finds coins were produced in 1992.
The first coin in this silver set shows the Crouching Deer, an artifact created during the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC). The deer is 52 centimeters tall and 26 centimeters long. It is created of bronze and accented with turquoise. The antlers of the statue are thought to have held a mirror.
The second coin in the set shows a lamp discovered at the Chengxin Palace. This lamp is made of gold gilt and dates from approximately 206 BC to 220 BC. The Chengxin Lamp, iconic of the Western Han period, is arguably the most famous of artifacts from this era, and because of this, representations of the lamp often appear in Chinese TV series and video games. The Chengxin lamp was a true technological achievement of the Bronze Age in China. Due to its sophisticated design, it allowed the user to change the direction of the light.
The third coin shows the Tiger Token, also common to the Warring States Period. The Tiger Token was used by high ranking officials, including the emperor himself, as a signal to move military brigades from one area to the next. The Token is divided into halves. The first half is held by the top general, and the other was held by the emperor. The Tiger Tokens created during this time also have a sophisticated design. The artifacts found appear to have asymmetrical designs in order to avoid imitations.
The Ram Vessel graces the face of the fourth coin. This vessel dates back to the Shang Dynasty (1766 BC −112 BC). This artifact was created for transporting and pouring wine; the ram design is very detailed and complicated, which lends this antique the reputation of being one of the most well crafted wine vessels of that era. The vessel is covered in a pattern that uses the images of the dragon and the phoenix, two of the Guardians of Heaven. The lid to the vessel is shaped like an eagle.