Niue – 2020- 5 Dollars – Zheng He / Famous Explorers
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|Year of Issue||2020|
|Face Value||5 Dollars|
|Weight||2 oz / 62.2 grams|
|Scope of Delivery||Box
Zheng He was an explorer, a diplomatic agent and a commander in chef of the great Chinese fleet. As a trusted deputy of the Chinese Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, he was given an extraordinary mission to accomplish. In 1405 Zheng He set out on his first sea expedition – between 1405 and 1433 the Chinese armada sailed over the Indian Ocean and made seven trips. Zheng He managed to establish diplomatic relations on a unique scale. His expeditions contributed to the development of trade and navigational knowledge. They were considered a demonstration of Chinese power.
The revers presents the powerful admiral Zheng He, who is leading his armada to the “Western Oceans”. In the background there is a baochuan – probably the largest wooden ship ever built. The obverse refers to the Chinese origin of the discoverer by showing the famous Mulong tower, a classic of Chinese architecture.
This unique coin was struck from 2 ounces of pure silver. To give it an antique finish, matching the greatness of the hero, the coin was oxidized.
The coin is decorated with a porcelain insert, which was hand-painted with the greatest attention to detail.