1995 5 oz Gold Three Kingdoms

500 Yuan Proof Coin

About the 1995 5 oz Gold Three Kingdoms 500 Yuan Proof Coin

Seen above is the 500 yuan 5 oz Gold Three Kingdoms coin issued in 1995 to commemorate the famous work of classical Chinese literature entitled “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”.  The 1995 Three Kingdoms set comprises 11 coins of which six are gold and five are silver.  The 500 yuan 5 oz gold coin of the set has the greatest denomination in the set and is the largest of the gold coins.  This proof coin, certified to contain 99.9% pure gold, has a diameter of 60mm.  It was struck at the Shanghai Mint with a very low mintage of only 99 pieces.

“The Romance of the Three Kingdoms” is a historical novel which dramatises the changing political and military fortunes of various warlords who fought following the collapse of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).  The tale focuses on three sworn brothers in arms, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei, who strive to restore the Han Dynasty to its former glory.  The story is counted among the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

Depicted on the obverse face is the man to whom this great piece of literature is accredited, Luo Guanzhong (1330-1400).  He lived during the late Yuan (1279-1368) and early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).  Below his image appear the Chinese characters meaning: “The People's Republic of China”, and the year of issue, 1995.  Above it is an inscription, also in characters, meaning: “Luo Guan Zhong, author of the famous classical Chinese work of literature, 'The Romance of the Three Kingdoms'”.

The reverse face depicts the famous scene from the story of the three brothers in arms in a peach garden taking their pledge and oath to each other and the Han Dynasty.  Below the image is the appear the characters: “The Oath of the Peach Garden”.  Above it is inscribed the denomination, 500 yuan.

 

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