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This beautiful Silver coin celebrates China’s most glorious palace, the Forbidden City, for nearly 500 years has been the home of the dynastic rule. The coin is colored with digital printing technology, features nine cut-outs and a beautiful porcelain insert and comes in a specially designed presentation case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 07/26/2017
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years. Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War. With over 14.6 million annual visitors, the Palace Museum is the most visited art museum in the world.
The reverse of the coin features nine cut-outs and each one of them depicts a dragon from the Nine-Dragon Wall. Number nine is considered a supreme number symbolizing recognition, respect and longevity. On the bottom, the inscription: “Ag999” – the fineness of the Silver. The obverse of the coin features the Hall of Supreme Harmony as background of an ornament derived from the Forbidden City and the inscriptions: “2017” – the year of issue, “500 FRANCS CFA” – the face value and “REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN” – the issue country.