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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1997,1076.57

  • Description

    Presentation pack containing seven coins.The pack is printed in multicolour with bilingual text, and features the bauhinia flower.(obverse) All obverses have a bauhinia flower at the centre, and Hong Kong (written in Chinese and English).
    (reverse) $10: A bridge, symbol of transition. (The resumption of sovereignty). $5: A rounded version of the character Shou, meaning longevity, is surrounded by the five bats - harbingers of the Five Blessings or Five Happinesses, namely long life, wealth, health, love of virtue, and death coming only after achieving one's destiny. $2: The He He brothers, the Harmonious Pair, born of different fathers, who, after much discord lasting seven generations, concluded that co-operation was more profitable and conducive to happiness and so they symbolize agreement and harmony. $1: A unicorn, the qilin, a fabulous creature of good omen and the symbol of illustrious offspring of virtuous rulers and wise administrators. 50 cents: 1997, the year of the ox, a sacred and powerful animal which signifies the coming of spring and a new beginning. 20 cents: Two butterfly kites, with their tails knotted together, the butterfly being the symbol of joy and conjugal felicity. 10 cents: A traditional Chinese sailing junk, with a high poop, overhanging stern and three masts, sailing on a calm sea with a following wind.

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  • Producer name

  • Authority

  • Date

    • 1997
  • Production place

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 152 millimetres (presentation pack)
    • Width: 152 millimetres (presentation pack)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        pages 2-3
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • Inscription Content

        Under the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed on December 19, 1984, Hong Kong will become a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on July 1, 1997. To commemorate this occasion, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority have issued a set of seven coins. The set of seven coins are in the same denominations as the seven coins in circulation (10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1, $2, $5 and $10). They are identical to those in general circulation except for the special commemorative designs on the reverse sides. This set of "Brilliant Uncirculated Coins" are newly struck and carefully selected by the British Royal Mint and sealed in this protective jacket.
        The design (obverse): Each of the seven coins bears the standard Bauhinia design with "Hong Kong" in both Chinese and English.
      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual presentation pack.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        page 5
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • Inscription Content

        $10: A bridge, symbol of transition. (The resumption of sovereignty).
        $5: A rounded version of the character Shou, meaning longevity, is surrounded by the five bats - harbingers of the Five Blessings or Five Happinesses, namely long life, wealth, health, love of virtue, and death coming only after achieving one's destiny.
        $2: The he He brothers, the Harmonious Pair, born of different fathers, who, after much discord lasting seven generations, concluded that co-operation was more profitable and conducive to happiness and so they symbolize agreement and harmony.
        $1: A unicorn, the qilin, a fabulous creature of good omen and the symbol of illustrious offspring of virtuous rulers and wise administrators.
        50 cents: 1997, the year of the ox, a sacred and powerful animal which signifies the coming of spring and a new beginning.
        20 cents: Two butterfly kites, with their tails knotted together, the butterfly being the symbol of joy and conjugal felicity.
        10 cents: A traditional Chinese sailing junk, with a high poop, overhanging stern and three masts, sailing on a calm sea with a following wind.
      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual presentation pack.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of pack
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • Inscription Content

        Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Set 1997 一九九七年紀念新鑄錢幣套裝
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yi jiu jiu qi nian jinian xinzhu qianbi taozhuang
      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual presentation pack.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        page 4
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • Inscription Content

        Reverse: The denominations are struck in Chinese, English and Arabic numerals. The year of issue is positioned on the left and right, in two parts, with a special commemorative design in the centre.
      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual presentation pack.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of pack
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese and English
      • Inscription Content

        Specifications (Denomination, weight [gms], diameter [mm], alloy, shape):
        10 dollars: 11.00 g, 24.00/15.60 mm, bi-metal (cupro-nickel/nicle-brass), round
        5 dollars: 13.50 g, 27.00 mm, cupro-nickel, round
        2 dollars: 8.41 g, 28.00/26.31 mm, cupro-nickel, 12 scallops
        1 dollar: 7.10 g, 25.50 mm, cupro-nickel, round
        50 cents: 4.92 g, 22.50 mm, brass plated steel, round
        20 cents: 2.59g, 19.00/18.01 mm, nickel-brass, 12 scallops
        10 cents: 1.85 g, 17.50 mm, brass plated steel, round
      • Inscription Comment

        Bilingual presentation pack.
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  • Acquisition date

    1997

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1997,1076.57

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