1995 Kilo Gold Taiwan Retrocession
2000 Yuan Proof Coin
About the 1995 Kilo Gold Taiwan Retrocession 2000 Yuan Proof Coin
Pictured above is one of eight coins which were issued together as a series in 1995 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the recovery of Taiwan island to the Republic of China following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Four of the eight coins are silver and four are gold. All eight are of proof quality and are 99.9% in purity.
Above is the 2000 yuan, 1kg gold coin of the series. Weighing in at 1kg and having a face value of 2000 yuan, it is the heaviest coin of the series and the one with the greatest denomination. It also has the smallest mintage of the series with only 25 pieces struck at the Shenyang mint. It measures 100mm in diameter.
Japan had occupied Taiwan since the end of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) in which the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) was overwhelmingly defeated by a modernised Japanese military. Japanese rule was terminated at the end of World War II following the surrender of Japan on 2nd September 1945. The official handover of Taipei was carried out according to the Cairo Declaration in the following month on the 25th October 1945 between General Ando-Rikichi, the Japanese governor-general of Taiwan, and Chen Yi, representative of the Republic of China and future Garrison Commander of Taiwan.
The design featured on the reverse face is of a map of China with lines radiating out from behind it to fill the coin face. An enlarged map of Taiwan is laid over this. The top edge of the coin face bears and inscription in Chinese which reads: “Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Taiwan and its Return to China”. Below this are inscribed the dates 1945-1995. The bottom right of the coin face bears the numbers “10.25”, signifying the 25th October, the date of the official handover. Appearing in the bottom left of the face is an inscription giving details of the specifications of the coin. It reads: “2000 yuan Au .999 1kg”.
The obverse face features a picturesque image of the Great Wall of China winding up a mountainside with the inscription: “The People's Republic of China” above. The year of production, 1995, appears at the bottom of the coin face.