China’s coinage is famous for including an Auto dollar, and now the
nation has Belt and Road coins.
The People’s Bank of China issued three coins for the Belt and Road
Forum for International Cooperation, which was held May 14 and 15. The
forum name plays off the One Belt, One Road trade initiative, which
aims to connect modern traders across the famous, historic Silk Road.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted the project that would
build ports, railways and pipelines connecting a sprawling sea and
land network from Asia to Europe. This multitrillion-dollar plan spans
more than 60 countries and 30 percent of the world’s gross domestic
product, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Three different Proof coins (two silver and one gold) have been
released celebrating this new plan for cooperation, all featuring the
official emblem of the initiative.
The coins are legal tender in China and are struck in .999 fine
silver or gold.
The obverse of each coin features China’s national emblem, along
with the country name and the year of issuance.
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The 15-gram silver 5-yuan coin and the 30-gram silver 10-yuan coin
bear the forum’s logo and full name in both languages, but with
different decorative patterns on the reverse.
The 3-gram gold 50-yuan coin features the forum’s logo, the Chinese
and English names for the forum and lotus decoration on the reverse side.
The silver coins are available with a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces
each. The gold coin is limited to a mintage of 20,000 pieces.
U.S.-based distributor PandaAmerica offers a two-coin set of the
silver coins for $249.
A three-coin set containing one of each version retails for $895.
Individual examples of the coin are not available from the distributor.
To learn more, or to order the coins, visit the distributor website.