Dare to enter the Forbidden City with this 2020 $10 fine silver coin celebrating 600 years of the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China. Built during the early Ming Dynasty in 1420, the Imperial Palace is the best-preserved palace in the country, as well as the largest ancient imperial structure in the world. Mintage is limited to just 999 pieces. HST/GST exempt.
Issued by Solomon Islands with a weight of 100 grams (over three ounces) of fine silver, the coin uses innovative “four layer” minting technology to create a deep bowl like effect showcasing multiple layers of the intricate Forbidden City. The addition of a soft antique finish gives each piece an added sense of gravitas equal to its historical and cultural importance.
The designs mimic the architecture featured in the Imperial Palace and includes a dragon in the middle of the coin. The coin’s obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II along with the coin’s weight, purity and denomination. The coin comes housed in an attractive themed box and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Forbidden City was constructed from 1406 to 1420, and was the Chinese imperial palace and winter residence of the Emperor of China from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty, between 1420 and 1924. The Forbidden City served as the home of Chinese emperors and their households and was the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for over 500 years.
Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The complex consists of 980 buildings, encompassing 8,886 rooms and covering 720,000 square meters. The palace exemplifies the opulence of the residences of the Chinese emperor and the traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. It is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.