The People’s Bank of China has released new gold and silver collector coins that feature some of the country’s more innovative and challenging public works during the established Chinese State. Entitled “Chinese Skilled Craftsmen,” the series focuses on some of China’s more complex projects which have proved beneficial to the country or immediate community, in terms of energy generation or transport facilities.
The Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway was previously known as the “Imperial Peking-Kalgan Railway.” This line was China’s first railway that had been designed and built solely by the Chinese and began in the nation’s capital Beijing and terminating in Zhangjiakou City in Hebei Province. It was built in 1905 and 1909 under the proposal of the Viceroy of Zhili Yuan Shikai (1859–1916), also one-time Emperor and first president of the Republic of China. Comprising track with a total length of 201.2 kilometres (125 miles) starting from Liucun Village in Fengtai, it connected Beijing to Zhangjiakou via the Guan’gou Valley with 14 stations, four tunnels, and 125 bridges. Today, parts of the line are integrated into the modern Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway, also known as the “Jingzhang Intercity Railway,” while other parts have been transformed into a historical and cultural site protected at the national level.
The Dujiangyan Irrigation System is a major project considered of equal significance with the Great Wall in the history of Chinese civilisation. The weir, or small dam acting as a grand water conservancy project, features water diversion without a dam, and is the only structure of this design that has survived through time, enjoying the longest history worldwide. The system still plays a major role today with the weir comprised of the Yuzui Water Diversion Dam, Feishayan Spillway, and Baopingkou Water Inlet, which eliminates floods.
The gold and silver commemorative coins were minted by Shenyang Mint Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Guobao Mint Co., Ltd. on behalf of the People’s Bank of China.
The design on the obverse side depicts a combination of the typical engineering style of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway. The legacy train, theodolite, and the Great Wall are also included and featured prominently. The text in Chinese characters 中 国 能 工 巧 匠 · 詹 天 佑 (“Chinese Skilled Craftsman · Zhan Tianyou”) is placed above the primary design with the denomination 5 元 (“5 Yuan”) placed just below.
The motif on the obverse side includes an image of the main project of Dujiangyan Water Conservancy as it was centuries ago. The design includes the text in Chinese characters 中 国 能 工 巧 匠 · 李 冰 (“Chinese Skilled Craftsman · Li Bing”) placed above the primary design with the denomination of 80元 (“80 Yuan”) placed just below. An antique-style plaque shown to the left of the primary design includes the characters 深淘 滩 低 作 堰 (“Shen Tao Beach and Low Zuo Weir”) inscribed with the location of the portion of the dam depicted on the coin.
Both versions include the same design on their reverse 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.
|15 g||33 mm||Proof||
|5 g||20 mm||Proof||
The coins are distributed exclusively through the China Gold Coin Corporation. For details of sales channels, please refer to the China Gold Coin Network’s website.