Chinese Outlaws of the Marsh Commemorative Coins Released in Third Series

by Darrin Lee Unser on December 30, 2011 · 2 comments

The People’s Bank of China has released another series of gold and silver commemorative coins dedicated to the classical Chinese novel known as the Outlaws of the Marsh. The coins feature reverse designs colorized to showcase the famous outlaws and some of the deeds they committed.

2011 Chinese Outlaws of the Marsh Gold Commemorative Coins

Chinese Outlaws of the Marsh Gold Commemorative Coins - Guan Sheng Hu Yanzhuo Rectangular Gold Coin, Mastermind Wu Round Gold Coin and Qiju Zhong Yi Tong Round Gold Coin

The third series of the Outlaws of the Marsh commemorative coins includes three in 99.9% pure gold and four in 99.9% pure silver. All feature extremely limited mintages and are available now through authorized People’s Bank of China distributors.

Outlaws of the Marsh is considered one of the four classical novels of Chinese Literature. It is also known by the titles of Water Margin, All Men Are Brothers, Men of the Marshes, or The Marshes of Mount Liang and tells the story of a band of 108 outlaws who created an army only to eventually come under the service of the government to fight rebels and foreign invaders.

Their exploits in the 14th century novel are loved by many despite the age and length of the writing. A recent translation of the stories resulted in three volumes and 1,605 pages showcasing the heroic work of the outlaws.

2011 Chinese Outlaws of the Marsh Silver Commemorative Coins

Chinese Outlaws of the Marsh Silver Commemorative Coins - Yanqing Zhi Silver Rectangular Silver Coin, Little Li Guang Hua Rong Round Silver Coin, Black Whirlwind Li Kui Round Silver Coin and Qiju Zhong Yi Tong Round Silver Coin

The seven coins issued in the set are listed below along with their sizes and maximum mintages:

Chinese Outlaws of the Marsh Commemorative Coins

DESIGN FACE VALUE COMPOSITION SHAPE SIZE MAXIMUM MINTAGE
Mastermind Wu 150 Yuan 1/3 oz .999 Gold Round 23mm 35,000
Guan Sheng Hu Yanzhuo 2,000 Yuan 5 oz .999 Gold Rectangular 64mm x 40mm 900
Qiju Zhong Yi Tong 10,000 Yuan 1 kg .999 Gold Round 90mm 200
Little Li Guang Hua Rong 10 Yuan 1 oz .999 Silver Round 40mm 70,000
Black Whirlwind Li Kui 10 Yuan 1 oz .999 Silver Round 40mm 70,000
Yanqing Zhi flutter Optimus Prime 50 Yuan 5 oz .999 Silver Rectangular 80mm x 50mm 12,000
Qiju Zhong Yi Tong 300 Yuan 1 kg .999 Silver Round 100mm 10,000

 

Each of the seven coins feature face values, content, weight and purity guaranteed by the People’s Republic of China.

Shown on the obverse of each coin is the People’s Republic of China National Emblem. Obverse inscriptions indicate that country of origin.

The first set released in the series appeared with 2009-dated strikes and was followed with the second set of 2010-dated releases. Like the current issues, these previous commemorative coins were composed of gold and silver and struck in both round and rectangular varieties.

The new 2011-dated coins are available through authorized distributors of China Gold Coin Incorporation, a branch of the People’s Bank of China. Each coin ships in its own box and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

About the People’s Bank of China

The People’s Bank of China (www.pbc.gov.cn) is the central bank of the People’s Republic of China. Its primary duty is to control the monetary policy of the nation and to regulate domestic financial institutions. It is also responsible for the currency and coin production of the nation as well as the distribution of such.

The People’s Bank of China also operates several branch agencies including minting facilities and distribution partnerships.

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Koichi Ito December 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

Why did People’s Republic of China stop minting Chinese Outlaws of Marsh Commemorative Coins? They think these are boring or the government thought that these coins is about criminals being admired by being on coins?

Kahoola December 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Maybe they should mint coins commemorating Chinese Outlaws Counterfeiting Other Country’s Coins? God help you if you counterfeit PRC coins.

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