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Chinese coins honor Inner Mongolia

This ¥100 gold commemorative was struck to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (Images courtesy & © China Gold)

In 1947, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China came into being. For the first time in decades, if not centuries, comparative stability came to the region and its peoples.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the region’s founding in its present form, the People’s Bank of China has issued one .999 fine gold and two .999 fine silver commemorative proofs. The reverse legend on all three coins translates as “The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region” and is given in both Chinese and Mongolian.

The 22mm, 8g ¥100 has a mintage of 10,000. The stunning reverse features a Mongolian horse at full gallop. Horses have long been an important feature of Mongolian society. Their number in the country today exceeds the human population.

The traditional and highly popular Andai Dance, also known as “Jumping White Hawk,” features on the reverse of the larger silver piece – a 70mm, 150g silver ¥50. The 70th anniversary is a time for celebration, and the dance portrays both life and human emotion at its fullest. Mintage is 5,000.

The central features of the reverse of a 40mm, 30g ¥10 silver is Mongolian horse-head fiddle, morin khuur, along with a ceremonial white scarf, khata. In the background are yurts, windmills, pastures, and a highway. Mintage is 20,000.

Sharing a common obverse with the gold coin shown above, a pair of silver commemoratives denominated ¥50 (left) and ¥10 (right) were also issued. (Images courtesy & © China Gold)

 

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