China 1993 Silver Bronze Age Finds
About the China 1993 Silver Bronze Age Finds Proof Set
Above is one of the sets of Chinese coins featuring scientific and technical inventions and discoveries of ancient China. This set consists of four 15 gram, 33 millimeter, 90% pure, silver coins, each of which features discoveries or inventions of the Bronze Age in China and bears the face value of 5 yuan. The obverse face of each of the coins shows the National Emblem of China. Below the National Emblem, which has been in use as a symbol of the Chinese Communist Party since 1950, the Chinese words, “Chinese Bronze Age finds,” are imprinted. The year of issue, 1993, appears below the Chinese characters. The reverse face of each of the coins features one of the discoveries of the Bronze Age, and the estimated era of discovery or creation. Among the series featuring discoveries of the Bronze Age, the fonts for the writing on either side of the coin varies. In total, 15,000 of each of these 15 gram silver coins were authorized for production.
The first of the 15 gram silver coins displays a lamp common to the Late Warring State Period (1045 BC–256 BC). This type of lamp was most commonly made of bronze and decorated with different colors of paint. Human shaped statues were common during the Late Warring State Period. These statues were created to display not only lamps but also mirrors and other decorative items. The human-shaped statues display the attire common to the time period, and they reflect the customs and emotion of the period through their facial expressions and body language.
The second of the coins features a a lamp in the shape of a bull, which originated in the Eastern Han Dynasty. This lamp is known for its environmentally friendly features. The interior of the lamp was designed to be filled with water. The water would catch any ash that the lamp itself produced rather than releasing the ash into the air. This prevented the air in homes from becoming clogged with smoke. Though this style of lamp first appeared during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220AD) in China, similar designs were not used in Europe until the 15th century.
The third coin shows the Boar Vessel, a large vessel for carrying and serving wine. Vessels like these were often made and used during the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC–1046 BC). The vessels were attached to rope, which allowed for easy transportation of liquids. The Boar vessel, and other similar vessels and jars, were created from Bronze.
The fourth coin displays an image of the Horse Terra Cotta, a bronze statue that depicts horses. Some of the horses are used for transport carts, and others are used for battle carts. The Horse Terra Cotta dates from the Eastern Han period (206 BC–220 BC). Statues of horses were very popular during the Han Dynasty, during which time the horse was the main animal of labor.