The China Gold Coin Incorporation has announced the launch of the latest coins in a series entitled “Auspicious Culture.” The first 2016-dated coins begin with the issue of the 10 yuan silver and gold 100 yuan pieces. Following on the success of the 2015-dated series of the same theme, which included a heart-shaped coin symbolizing love and togetherness, the coins feature emblems believed to bring fortune and blessings to life. This year’s series continues with symbols of auspiciousness that include longevity, a bountiful life, devotion, and family.
Broadly speaking, the Chinese tradition of “auspicious selection” is any activity involving the seeking of lucky messages beneficial to life and harmony. Some methods of divination include the “Eight trigrams” of the I Ching, Chinese horoscope or Jian Chu, and “Wind Divination”; the common denominator of these different methods is that they inform people of their luck.
Issued by the People’s Bank of China, the silver coin (10 Yuan) is struck at the Shenzhen Guobao Mint and the gold coin (100 Yuan) is struck at the Shenyang Mint Co., Ltd.
10 Yuan: The obverse side includes a design of peaches symbolizing longevity, surrounded by bats, symbols of good fortune. The text in Chinese lettering translates to: “wu fu gong shou,” or in English, “five blessings surround longevity,” along with the face value. The silver coin also includes a color application and selective gold highlighting on the peaches and leaves. The reverse side features the national emblem of the People’s Republic of China, the text in Chinese lettering around the primary design, and the year date.
100 Yuan: The obverse side also includes a design of peaches surrounded by bats. As noted above, the text in Chinese lettering translates to “wu fu gong shou” or “five blessings surround longevity” in English, along with the face value. The reverse side features the national emblem of the People’s Republic of China, the text in Chinese lettering around the primary design, and the year date.
|10 Yuan||.999 silver||30 grams||40 mm.||Proof & colour||60,000 pieces|
|100 Yuan||.999 Gold||8 Grams||22 mm.||Proof||30,000 pieces|
The first gold and silver coins were issued on March 22, with the six remaining coins due to be issued in April (10 yuan silver and 100 yuan gold), May (heart-shaped 10 yuan silver and 100 Yuan gold) and June (10 yuan silver and 100 yuan gold).
For more information on these and other coins offered by the China Gold Coin Incorporation, please visit the Web site of China Great Wall Coins Investment, or e-mail their office at
to find an approved distributor near you. Information is offered in Chinese.