1993 5 oz Gold Birth of Mao Zedong

500 Yuan Proof Coin

About the 1993 5 oz Gold Birth of Mao Zedong 500 Yuan Proof Coin

Seen here is the 500 yuan 5oz gold coin issued in 1993 celebrating 100 years since the birth of Mao Zedong (26th December 1893 - 9th September 1976).  It is part of a set of six commemorative coins issued in this year featuring Mao, of which three are gold and three are silver.  This 500 yuan 5 oz gold coin has a low mintage figure of just 100.  It is a proof coin of 99.9% fineness with an impressive diameter of 60mm.

This magnificent coin features an image of Mao on the reverse face.  He is pictured standing with his hands behind his back and wearing his iconic suit covered by a flowing overcoat.  In the background the Great Wall can also be seen.  Above the image appears the inscription in Chinese characters: “Centenary of the Birth of Mao Zedong 1893-1993”.  To the left of Mao is inscribed the denomination, 500 yuan.  To the right is the inscription: “5oz Au .999 fineness”.

The obverse design features an image of the entrance to Zhongnanhai, the imperial garden located in central Beijing next to the Forbidden City.  The garden is almost synonymous with the Communist Party leadership as much of the day-to-day activities and duties of the Party's leaders occurs with its walls.  Above the entrance are the characters which read: “The People's Republic of China”.  Below is the year of issue, 1993.

Mao is probably the most influential figure in China's modern history.  He established the People's Republic of China, leading the Communist Party to power, gaining victory over the KMT Nationalist government during the Chinese Civil War which ended in 1949.  He was also the architect of the infamous Great Leap Forward and the disastrous Cultural Revolution.  As such people have mixed feelings towards him, although he is still revered by many in China today.  The official line taken by the Communist Party was that Mao was “seven parts good, three parts bad”.

 

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