2003 Official Issued Chinese Coins

Title Face Value (Yuan) Weight Fineness Quality Mintage
Chinese gold panda coin 500 1oz 99.9% BU 120000
Chinese gold panda coin 200 1/2oz 99.9% BU 75000
Chinese gold panda coin 100 1/4oz 99.9% BU 70000
Chinese gold panda coin 50 1/10oz 99.9% BU 250000
Chinese gold panda coin 20 1/20oz 99.9% BU 400000
Chinese silver panda coin 300 1kg 99.9% Proof 4000
Chinese silver panda coin 50 1oz 99.9% Proof 10000
Chinese silver panda coin 10 1oz 99.9% BU 600000
Chinese platinum panda coin 50 1/20oz 99.95% Proof 50000
Chinese Year of the Goat gold coin 50 1/10oz 99.9% BU 48000
Chinese Year of the Goat gold coin (Flower shape) 200 1/2oz 99.9% Proof 2300
Chinese Year of the Goat gold coin (Fan shape) [images] 200 1/2oz 99.9% BU 6600
Chinese Year of the Goat gold coin (Flower shape) 10000 1kg 99.9% Proof 15
Chinese Year of the Goat gold coin (Rectangle) 2000 5oz 99.9% Proof 118
Chinese Year of the Goat gold coin (Colorized) 50 1/10oz 99.9% Proof 30000
Chinese Year of the Goat silver coin [images] 300 1kg 99.9% Proof 3800
Chinese Year of the Goat silver coin (Rectangle) 50 5oz 99.9% Proof 1888
Chinese Year of the Goat silver coin 10 1oz 99.9% BU 50000
Chinese Year of the Goat silver coin (Flower shape) 10 1oz 99.9% Proof 6800
Chinese Year of the Goat silver coin (Fan shape) 10 1oz 99.9% BU 66000
Chinese Year of the Goat silver coin (Colorized) 10 1oz 99.9% Proof 100000
Chinese Legendary Stories Series gold coin (3rd issue) (Colorized) [images] 200 1/2oz 99.9% Proof 8800
Chinese Legendary Stories Series silver coin set (3rd issue) (Colorized) 10 x 2 1oz x 2 99.9% Proof 30000 x 2
Chinese Legendary Stories Series silver coin (3rd issue) (Colorized) (Rectangle) 50 5oz 99.9% Proof 10000
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *The Dream of Red Mansions (or The Dream of the Red) gold coin (3rd issue) (Colorized) [images] 200 1/2oz 99.9% Proof 8800
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *The Dream of Red Mansions (or The Dream of the Red) silver coin set (3rd issue) (Colorized) (Octagon) 10 x 4 1oz x 4 99.9% Proof 38000 x 4
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *The Dream of Red Mansions (or The Dream of the Red) silver coin (3rd issue) (Colorized) (Fan shape) 50 5oz 99.9% Proof 11800
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *Journey to the West gold coin (1st issue) (Colorized) 2000 5oz 99.9% Proof 500
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *Journey to the West gold coin (1st issue) (Colorized) [images] 200 1/2oz 99.9% Proof 11800
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *Journey to the West silver coin set (1st issue) (Colorized) 10 x 2 1oz x 2 99.9% Proof 38000 x 2
Famous Works of Ancient Chinese Literature - *Journey to the West silver coin (1st issue) (Colorized) (Rectangle) 50 5oz 99.9% Proof 10000

2003 Chinese Journey to the West 5oz Silver Colorized Coin
2003 Chinese Journey to the West 5oz Silver Colorized Coin

Chinese *The Spring Festival gold coin [images] 150 1/3oz 99.9% Proof 50000
Chinese *The Spring Festival silver coin 10 1oz 99.9% Proof 100000
Kuan Yin gold coin (Hologram) 50 1/10oz 99.9% Proof 33000
Kuan Yin silver coin 300 1kg 99.9% Proof 3800
Kuan Yin platinum coin [images] 100 1/10oz 99.95% Proof 33000
2003 Beijing Int'l Coin Exposition silver coin 10 1oz 99.9% Proof 50000
Environment Protection - Tree Planting Festival silver coin set 10 x 2 1oz x 2 99.9% Proof 30000 x 2
Buddha's Finger gold coin [images] 200 1/2oz 99.9% Proof 12000
The World Heritage Series - Wu Lin Yuan gold coin 200 1/2oz 99.9% Proof 8000
The World Heritage Series - Wu Lin Yuan silver coins 10 x 2 1oz x 2 99.9% Proof 30000 x 2
The Victory of First Space Shuttle with Person gold coin (Colorized) [images] 150 1/3oz 99.9% Proof 30000
The Victory of First Space Shuttle with Person silver coin (Colorized) [images] 10 1oz 99.9% Proof 60000
*The Dream of Red Mansions -- Reads 'Hong Lou Meng' in Chinese.  Sometimes translated as The Dream of the Red Chamber, the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The four great houses of Chia, Shih, Wang and Hsueh described in this novel were typical basic political units of feudal society. Such families were linked with the court above and the local officials below to form a network of control with the feudal autocratic state power as its centre. The book depicts the inevitable doom of these families, riven as they are by fierce struggles among themselves and in society, focusing on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu and also provides a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. It is the only one novel so brilliantly integrated with these that readers are fascinated and moved by it. With superb artistry the author presents a panoramic genre-painting, a whole gallery of highly individual yet typical characters. Through detailed descriptions of their daily life he succeeds in depicting their different idiosyncrasies, thoughts and feelings. In the use of dialogue too he shows outstanding skill, putting such distinctive speech into each character's mouth that the reader feels as if he can see and hear the speaker. The Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last feudal dynasty in China. The Chien-lung era (1736-95) was the turning point towards the decline of the Ching Dynasty. Crisis-riven feudalism was already on its last legs. The whole fabric of Chinese feudal society was tottering on the verge of final collapse. This was the period in which Tsao Hsueh-chin the author of A Dream of Red Mansions lived. Tsao Hsueh-chin died in the twenty-eighth year of Chien-lung (1763).

Information provides by Classics and Literature: Hong Lou Meng, A Dream of Red Mansions
by Tsao Hsueh-chin and Kao Hgo, translated by Yang Hsien-Yi and Gladys Yang

*Journey to the West -- see year 2004

*The Spring Festival -- Chinese New Year!  Reads 'Chun Jie' in Chinese.  The New Year of the Chinese lunar calendar is a movable feast, usually falls somewhere between January 21 and February 19, depending on what date the new moon appears. Our traditional New Year celebrations begin with the new moon, which marks the first day of the first lunar month, and ends on the 15th day with the brilliant lights of the Lantern Festival. One should just bear in mind that the New Year is really a multi-layered festival with many local variations, but each distinct aspect celebrates the common idea of a new beginning.

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