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1979 GOLD CHINA BEIJING SCENERY TEMPLE OF HEAVEN NGC PROOF 68 UC

1979 GOLD CHINA BEIJING SCENERY TEMPLE OF HEAVEN NGC PROOF 68 UC
1979 GOLD CHINA BEIJING SCENERY TEMPLE OF HEAVEN NGC PROOF 68 UC
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Country of Origin: China

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

OFFICIAL MINT MEDALLIC ISSUE

BEIJING SCENERY SERIES - TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

CERTIFIED BY NGC PROOF 68 ULTRA CAMEO

OBV: HUABIAO ORNAMENTAL DRAGON PILLAR MONUMENT AT TIANANMEN SQUARE; FLANKING CHINESE CHARACTERS AND DATE BENEATH.

REV: THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, HALL OF PRAYER FOR GOOD HARVESTS; 3 CHINESE CHARACTERS IN EXERGUE.

THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, LOCATED IN BEIJING, IS A COMPLEX OF RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS FROM THE IMPERIAL ERA AND ASSSOCIATED WITH CHINESE HEAVEN WORSHIP AND PRE-DATING TAOISM, ALTHOUGH IT IS CONSIDERED A DAOIST TEMPLE. THE EMPERORS OF THE MING AND QING DYNASTIES WOULD VISIT THE COMPLEX FOR YEARLY RITUALS AND CEREMONIES OF PRAYERS UNTO HEAVEN ASKING FOR A GOOD HARVEST. THE COMPLEX WAS CONSTRUCTED BY ORDER OF THE YONGLE EMPEROR FROM 1406-1420 AD. IT IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE AND HAS BEEN LAUDED AS "A MASTERPIECE OF ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN...OF GREAT IMPORTANCE FOR THE EVOLUTION OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS."

ON THE REVERSE IS AN IMAGE OF THE ALTAR OF HEAVEN "TIANTAN", A SACRIFICIAL ALTAR AND "HALL OF PRAYER FOR GOOD HARVESTS". THE BUILDING IS MADE OF WOOD USING NO NAILS, AND IS A TRIPLE-GABLED CIRCULAR BUILDING STANDING 38 METERS IN HEIGHT AND 36 METERS IN DIAMETER. ITS FOUNDATION RESTS ON A TRIPLE LEVEL CARVED MARBLE BASE.

 ON THE OBVERSE IS DEPICTED THE HUABIAO (MARBLE PILLAR) CEREMONIAL DRAGON PILLAR/COLUMN MONUMENT AT TIANANMEN (GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE) SQUARE.

CONTAINS 16.8 GRAMS OF .916 FINE GOLD (.5 OZ AGW)

27 MM IN DIAMETER

ONLY 2,000 MINTED

 

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