1994 Kilo Gold Sino-Singapore Friendship

2000 Yuan Proof Coin

About the 1994 Kilo Gold Sino-Singapore Friendship 2000 Yuan Proof Coin

In 1994 a series of four coins was issued by the People's Bank of China to promote China's international relations with Singapore and to commemorate the continuing friendship between the two countries.  The image above shows the 1994 Kilo Gold Sino-Singapore Friendship coin, a proof coin with a denomination of 2,000 yuan and a purity of 99.9%.  This spectacular coin measures 100mm in diameter, allowing for the inclusion of incredible detail on the obverse and reverse faces.  An intricately designed picture of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall appears on the obverse face, while a view of Singapore Harbour appears on the reverse.  A mere 15 pieces were issued by the Shenyang Mint, making this a rare and highly sought-after coin.

Singapore was founded in the late 13th Century along the Singapore River's northern bank and served as an international trading port from that time.  Although Singapore's prominence as an international port had waned somewhat by the 1400s, and it was attacked and largely destroyed in the 1600s, it enjoyed a sudden revival and a rapid economic expansion with the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826) in 1819.  Raffles, a British colonial official, was attracted to Singapore by the potential of its deep and protected waters of its harbour.  Singapore gained its full independence in 1965 and has become one of the busiest ports in south-east Asia today.  Above the image of the harbour, showing Singapore's skyscrapers along the waterfront, is an inscription in both Chinese characters and English: “Sino-Singapore Friendship”.  Below the image is the denomination, 2000 yuan, and the inscription: “Au .999 1000 g”, giving the properties of the coin.

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall lies approximately 70 km to the north-east of Beijing.  It was first built during the 6th Century at the time of the Northern Qi (550-577), and then was expanded upon during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Constructed largely from granite, this section of the Great Wall is immaculately preserved and stands an imposing 7 - 8.5m tall.  It is popular among tourists today, being set in beautiful surroundings - a fact that is expertly captured by the rendering on the coin face.  Above the rendering is the inscription: “The People's Republic of China”.  Appearing below are the characters and English translation reading: “Mutianyu Great Wall”.  Underneath is the year of issue, 1994.

 

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