The People’s Bank of China have issued (27th March) new gold and silver Proof-quality collector coins in honour of the centenary anniversary of the founding of Xiamen University, a public research university in the city of Xiamen, in the province of Fujian. The history of the University actually began in 1919 when Tan Kah Kee (1874–1961) a Chinese-born Singaporean businessman, investor, and philanthropist committed millions of dollars to endow the Amoy University in the city of Amoy — now Xiamen. By 1921, the university was officially endowed and in 1937, Tan transferred the administration of Amoy University to the Nationalist government. This move essentially ensured that the institution became a national university.
The gold and silver commemorative coins are minted by Shenzhen Guobao Mint Co., Ltd. on behalf of the People’s Bank of China.
10-yuan silver — The reverse side depicts the Qunxian Buildings of Xiamen University along with the statue of Tan Kah Kee and the school motto in Chinese characters. In the background is a floral pattern and above the primary design are the Chinese characters 厦 门 大 学 建 校 100 周 年 (“Xiamen University 100th Anniversary”) and XIAMEN UNIVERSITY CENTENARY CELEBRATION in English. The denomination of 10元 (“10 Yuan”) is placed just under the university’s motto.
100-yuan gold — The reverse side depicts as its central theme the commemorative logo of the 100th anniversary of Xiamen University, with a subtle floral pattern in the background. The Chinese characters 厦 门 大 学 建 校 100 周 年 (“Xiamen University 100th Anniversary”) and the English words XIAMEN UNIVERSITY CENTENARY CELEBRATION are both shown above the logo. The denomination of 100元 (“100 Yuan”) is placed just under the commemorative logo.
Both versions include the same design on their obverse which features the national emblem of the People’s Republic of China consisting of a red circle with Tiananmen Gate, the entrance gate to the Forbidden City, and above, the five stars found on the national flag. Above the emblem is the issuing authority 中 华 人 民 共 和 国 (“People’s Republic of China”) with the year of release 2021 placed below the crest.
|30 g||40 mm.||Proof||
|8 g||22 mm.||Proof||
The coins are distributed through the China Gold Coins Incorporation and are available through their network in China. For collectors outside China, they are advised to contact their nearest authorised distributor. For additional information about these and other collector coins available from the China Gold Coins Incorporation (CGCI), please visit their website.