1995 5 oz Gold Zheng Chenggong
500 Yuan Proof Coin
About the 1995 5 oz Gold Zheng Chenggong 500 Yuan Proof Coin
Shown above is the 5 oz gold coin of the set of three commemorative coins produced by the Shenyang mint in 1995 featuring Zheng Cheng Qong (1624-1662). The set of three comprises two silver coins with denominations of 50 and 100 yuan, and one gold coin, pictured above, with a denomination of 500 yuan. The three are proof coins of 99.9% fineness. The 500 yuan 5 oz gold coin is 60mm in diameter and has a mintage of 99.
Displayed on the reverse face is an image of Zheng Cheng Qong standing on the prow of a boat in the foreground. He is depicted wearing a suit of armour and holds a flag as the wind causes his cloak to billow behind him. In the background is a fleet of ships. In the bottom right of the coin face is inscribed the denomination. Around the top edge is an inscription of Zheng Cheng Qong's name in Chinese characters, followed by his dates, 1624-1662.
Zheng Cheng Qong was a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) loyalist, famous military commander, and commanded the Ming army on the maritime front against the invading Manchus during the dying days of the Ming. The Manchus would eventually conquer China and found the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). After driving the Dutch out of Taiwan in 1661-1662, Zheng took over the island as a safe haven for other Ming loyalists and as a base of operations from which to conduct his resistance against the Qing Dynasty. He died of malaria in 1662 aged just 37.
Displayed on the obverse face is an image of Chihkan Tower, formerly called Fort Provintia, located in the city of Tainan in the south of Taiwan. It was built in 1653 by Dutch colonists and was one of several forts surrendered to Zheng Cheng Qong when he defeated the Dutch on the island during his campaign of 1661-1662. Above the picture of the fort are the Chinese characters which read: “The People's Republic of China”. 1995, the year of production, appears below the picture.