People's Republic of China|
This week's featured coin is a bi-metallic 10 Yuan piece from the People's Republic of China.
The obverse of the coin features the Temple of Heaven - a large group of Taoist buildings constructed in the year 1402. It is located in southeastern urban Beijing, in the Xuanwu District. In 2005, the Temple underwent a 5.9 million dollar renovation in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The restoration was completed on May 1st, 2006.
The reverse of the coin features an image of a giant panda siting on a branch. Giant Pandas live in mountain ranges in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They once also lived in lowland areas, but development now restricts giant pandas to mountain regions. The Giant Panda is considered an endangered species and highly threatened with only about 2,000 to 3,000 left in the wild. In recent decades, the panda has become a recognizable symbol of China.
2,000 coins were minted in proof condition, and have a value of about $150 USD.
KM# - 396
Government - Peoples Republic
Coinage Type - Bi-Metallic Medallic Bullion Coinage (Silver / Gold)
Composition - Bi-Metallic Gold center in Silver ring
Weight - 3.1103 g
Notes - Previous Y # 391.