1994 5 oz Gold Sino-Singapore Friendship

500 Yuan Proof Coin

About the 1994 5 oz Gold Sino-Singapore Friendship 500 Yuan Proof Coin

Shown above is one four Sino-Singapore Friendship coins produced by the Shenyang Mint in 1994 to celebrate China's relationship with Singapore.  It is the 5 oz gold coin of the series with a face value of 500 yuan and a diameter of 60mm.  It is certified to be a proof quality coin containing 99.9% pure gold.  The Shenyang Mint produced 128 pieces of this coin type.

The design featured on the reverse face is the same as that of the other three coins in the Sino-Singapore Friendship series, showing a view of the skyline of the Port of Singapore with its impressive skyscrapers.  Two ships are also pictured sailing in the waters of the harbour.  The top edge of the coin face bears the inscription in Chinese characters which translates as: “Sino Singapore Friendship”, followed by the English translation.  Struck at the bottom of the reverse face is the face value, 500 yuan, and a short inscription which reads: “Au .999 5 oz”.

Singapore, once part of the British Empire until it merged with Malaysia in 1963 and gained its complete independence in 1965, has grown to be one of the most significant and busy ports in Asia today.  This is thanks largely to its deep and sheltered harbour which makes it particularly suitable for heavy shipping - a fact that was recognised by Raffles in 1819, a British colonialist.  Since then Singapore's expansion has been exponential, making it a major economic player in international trade.

The design shown on the obverse face is of the Great Wall, specifically the Mutianyu stretch which is located some 70 km outside of Beijing.  While the original Great Wall dates from the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC) following the unification of China, the Mutianyu wall was first built under the rule of the Northern Qi (550-577).  The wall as it appears today is a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) renovation.  Below the detailed image of the wall, which features a line of watchtowers, is inscribed: “Mutianyu Great Wall”, both in Chinese characters and in English.  Below this is struck the year of production.  Above the image are the characters which read: “The People's Republic of China”.

 

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