1995 5 oz Gold Retrocession of Taiwan
500 Yuan Proof Coin
About the 1995 5 oz Gold Retrocession of Taiwan 500 Yuan Proof Coin
Shown above is the 500 yuan, 5 oz Gold Retrocession of Taiwan coin. It was issued in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since Taiwan was ceded by the Japanese to the Republic of China in 1945. The eight-coin set, containing four gold and four silver coins, celebrates the official handover which occurred on October 25th 1945. The year 1995, in which this set was issued, not only marked 50 years since the end of the Japanese occupation, but it also happened to be 100 years since Taiwan was surrendered to the Japanese at the end of the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895.
This proof quality coin, with a fineness of 99.9%, a diameter of 60mm, and a mintage of 99 pieces, features on its reverse face a map of Taiwan in the foreground with a smaller map of China in the background. A radiating line motif emerges from behind the centre of the map of China and fills the rest of the coin face. Struck over the top of the reverse face is the inscription: “50th Anniversary of the Retrocession of Taiwan 1945 - 1995”. Struck to the bottom left is are the properties of the coin and the face value: “500 yuan Au .999 5 oz”. Inscribed to the right are the two numbers: “10.25”, representing the date of the official handover of Taipei, October 25th. Today the sovereignty of Taiwan is disputed by the government in Taiwan and the Communist Party of China. The CPC claim that it is part of the People's Republic of China, while many in Taiwan still support a government with its roots in the KMT, or Nationalist Party, to whom the original handover was made in 1945.
The obverse face features the Great Wall of China. While elements of it were first built during the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC) under the direction of Qin Shihuang (reigned 247 - 210 BC), who established the Dynasty and united China, many sections of the wall that are visible today are later expansions, reconstructions, and upgrades. Much of this occurred during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Above the image of the Great Wall are the characters: “The People's Republic of China”. Below, and struck over the top of the image in the bottom right corner, is the year of production, 1995.