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Circulating Commemorative Coin





The issuance of the circulating commemorative coins is a new method and act based on the experience of issuing the “Yuan”, “Jiao”, and gold and silver commemorative coins. In 1984, for celebrating the 35th anniversary of PR China, authorized by the People’s Bank of China, CBPMC manufactured a set of commemorative coins. This set includes three coins with face value of 1 yuan. The coin is copper nickel alloy, 1.9×30mm and 9.32 gram. The issuance was pleasantly accepted by the public, therefore, many other commemorative circulating coins of various materials and topics were manufactured yearly. Here are some of them:

Obverse: national emblem, Tian’anmen Square and fireworks. Below national emblem, there is a sentence of “35th anniversary of PR China” and “1948-1984” in Chinese characters.


1. Ornamental columns, pine trees, crane and the Great Wall, standing for the long life of the country.

2. Portraits of Han, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uygur and Gaoshan nationality, standing for nations' unification.

3. Mao Zedong’s holding of State Founding Ceremony on Oct. 1, 1949, on Tian’anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace).

On Feb. 16, 1987, commemorative coins for the Sixth National Sports Games. 3 coins as a set, with face value 1 jiao (ten cents). The coins are cooper zinc alloy, 1.3×20mm, and 2.62g.

Obverse: the game emblem and “The Sixth China National Sports Games” in Chinese character.

Reverse: players of football, volleyball and gymnastics, year and face value.

On April 1, 1989, commemorative coins for the XI Asian Sports Games, two coins as a set, face value 1 yuan. The coins are NBS, 1.7×30mm, and 8.5g.

Obverse: “People’s Republic of China” in Chinese character, game emblem, the main stadium--Beijing Workers’ Stadium.

Reverse: portrait of archery player, mascot-panda Panpan, face value; portrait of players playing sword, mascot panda Panpan, face value.

On March 21, 1993, commemorative coin for Chinese valuable and rare wild animal?panda, face value 5 yuan. The coin is cooper alloy, 2.2×32mm, and 13.2g.

Obverse: “People’s Republic of China” in Chinese character, national emblem, and year.

Reverse: two playing pandas, “Chinese valuable and rare wild animal-panda” in Chinese, and face value.

On July 2, 1996, commemorative coins for celebrating the foundation of the Hong Kong SAR, two coins as a set, face value 10 yuan. The coins are bi-metal (white and yellow colors), 2.05×25.5mm, and 7.8g.

Obverse: “People’s Republic of China” in Chinese character, region emblem, and year.

Reverse:; Hong Kong constitution, “celebrating the foundation of the Hong Kong SAR” in Chinese, scene of Hong Kong. 28 sets, 39 coins were manufactured during 1984 to 1997.

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