The Central Bank of Taiwan have recently issued two new commemorative coins which celebrate the inauguration of the 13th President and vice-president of Taiwan. President Ma Ying-jeou (re-elected to a second term) and Vice-president Wu Den-yih were elected by popular vote on the 14th January 2012, the fifth time in which a Taiwanese head of state has been chosen by direct public ballot, and both men took the oath of office on the 20th May 2012.
The two coins, one gold and one silver, include the inscription of this event in both English and Chinese. Both coins depict the President and vice president in front view portraits along with the commemorative text in Chinese above the portraits which translates “”Commemorating the Inauguration of the Thirteenth President and Vice President of the Republic of China”. Under the portraits, the text translates “The Fifth Elected by Popular Vote”, and “20 May 2012″. The reverse coin includes the text “COMMEMORATING THE 20 MAY 2012 INAUGURATION OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA THE FIFTH ELECTED BY POPULAR VOTE”. The insignia of the Office of the President surrounded by a laurel wreath and the coins fineness is also included above the inscription.
The gold coin has a face value of 2000 Taiwanese Dollars with a weight of 31.107 grams of pure (.999) gold and a diameter of 33 mm. The mintage has been authorized at 10,000 pieces. The silver version has a face value of 200 Dollars with a weight of 31.1 grams of pure (.999) silver and a diameter of 38 mm. A mintage of 50,000 pieces has been authorized. Both coins are struck to proof quality and the Central Bank of China will be allocating one gold and / or silver per order, per customer.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Central Bank of China, please visit the website of the Central Mint at: http://www.cmc.gov.tw/main.jsp?language=english or the website of the Central Bank of China at: http://www.cbc.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=40548&ctNode=448&mp=2