This impressive Silver coin is the first issue of the series Haiyantang Zodiac Fountain and features the Chinese Zodiac Animal: the Ox. Done in an Asian style, formal and holding objects, it’s topped by what is actually a close depiction of the original bronze ox-head, now on display in Beijing’s Poly Art Museum. Focal point duties are well handled by a polished bronze half-sphere held in the Ox’s left hand. The background field is replete with floral orchid-like flourishes.
- 3 oz. silver coin with legal tender.
- Antique Finish with Ultra High Relief
- Black proof with Bronze insert
- Limited edition with only 500 pieces in the world.
The obverse is one we believe will be common to the series, and features an image taken from a contemporary drawing of the water clock fountain and the facade of the building it stood in front of, which we’ve used above in our featured image. As a Niue issue, it has the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II sitting in the artwork.
The Twelve Old Summer Palace bronze heads are a collection of bronze fountainheads in the shape of the Chinese zodiac animals that were part of a water clock fountain in front of the Haiyantang building of the Xiyang Lou (Western style mansions) area of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing. Supposedly designed by Giuseppe Castiglione for the Qianlong Emperor, the statues would spout out water from their mouths to tell the time.
|Weight (g)||3 oz (93.3g)|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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