China’s central bank will issue a set of coins on Wednesday to commemorate the ancient city of Pingyao in Shanxi province, one of the 53 Unesco World Cultural Heritage Sites in the country.
The set includes two gold and one silver coins, all legal tender, according to a statement by the People’s Bank of China published on May 31, 2019.
The front side of each coin features the Yingxun gate of Pingyao and 2019 along with the year of issuance.
The first gold coin, which is 60 mm in diameter, contains 150 grams of pure gold and has a face value of 2,000 yuan (US$289). It features the Yingxun gate on the city wall and an elevated city view in the background, as well as the Chinese name of the ancient city and the coin’s denomination on the reverse side.
The other gold coin, which is 22 mm in diameter, contains eight grams of pure gold and has a face value of 100 yuan (US$14). It features the Ten-Thousand Buddha Hall of the Zhenguo Temple and an aerial view of the entire temple in the background, as well as the Chinese name of the temple and the coin’s denomination on the reverse side.
The silver coin, which is 40 mm in diameter, contains 30 grams of pure silver and has a face value of 10 yuan (US$1.4). It features Bodhisattva Skanda – the sculpture of the guardian in front of the Four Heavenly Kings Hall of the Shuanglin Temple, as well as the Chinese name of the temple and the coin’s denomination on the reverse side.
A total of 600 150-gram gold coins, 10,000 eight-gram gold coins and 20,000 silver coins were minted by Shanghai Mint Co, Ltd and Shenzhen Guobao Mint Co, Ltd, and solely distributed by the China Gold Coin Incorporation.
Sales details will be announced on the website of the incorporation (www.chngc.net) on June 5.