Pobjoy Coins Honor Terracotta Army|
December 17, 2008
Pobjoy Mint has released on behalf of the Isle of Man a pair of coins to commemorate the coming of the Terracotta Army to the British Museum in London.
The coins, the first from the mint to have a hole in the center, are part of an ongoing History of Man series.
The two designs are "The Making of the Soldier" and "The Making of the Horse." Both show the production process of the some 7,000 figures dating from 210 B.C. that were discovered in China near the Mausouleum of the First Qin Emperor.
The obverse of both coins carries Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The hole in the center of the coin design replicates the "Banliang" coins of the state of Qin, which were circulated around the time that the Terracotta Army was being produced.
The 2009 Terracotta Army coins are available as a two-coin set or individually, either in sterling silver or 999.9 gold.
The proof sterling silver 1 crown is 38.60 mm in diameter and weighs 28.28 grams. Its issue limit is 10,000. The proof 1/5 ounce gold crown is 22 mm in diameter and weighs 6.22 grams. Its mintage limit is 5,000.
Visit www.pobjoy.com to view or order the coins.
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