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Forbidden City - Magnificent Palace of Beijing 500 CFA Francs .999 pure silver coin, proof.
This new coin boasts unique decorations: nine cut-outs and an amazing porcelain insert! The obverse of the coin features the Hall of Supreme Harmony and an ornament derived from the Forbidden City. The reverse depicts dragons from the Nine-Dragon Wall.
Mintage: only 999 pcs. worldwide. With box and COA.
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|Face Value :||500 CFA Francs|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||16.25 g|
|Size :||41.00 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 999 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
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.
Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (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 artefacts 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.
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