Zhong Kui – Gilded

Cook Islands 2020 20 Dollars Zhong Kui Golden Coin

The ‘Zhong Kui’ coin is the second and special edition issue in the new ‘Asian Mythology’ series. The impossible has been made possible using the enhanced Smartminting©️ technology and brings Zhong Kui to life. The coin has a unique antique finish and is partly colored and Gold-plated, struck on a 3 oz pure .999 silver 50mm blank in the highest quality. It has a limited mintage of just 99 pcs worldwide and comes in a beautiful box with a Certificate of Authenticity. Get this special edition now to not miss this series.

Coin description

The reverse of the coin depicts Zhong Kui as the fighter against demons and evil spirits with the inscriptions: “Zhong Kui” (his name) and “鍾馗” (his name in Chinese). On the left is his helper with a vase of coral. At the top the bats that bring good luck.

The obverse side of the coin depicts the standard Coat of Arms with Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “COOK ISLANDS” (the issuing country), “2020” (the year of issue), and “20 DOLLARS” (the face value).

Background information

Zhong Kui is a fighter against demons and evil spirits in Chinese and Japanese mythology. He was a large man with a square face, saucer-like eyes, a huge mouth, and curly whiskers. Zhong Kui traveled with a friend from his hometown Du Ping to the capital to take the state exams. He achieved outstanding academic success by receiving the highest distinction in the major exams. Still, his rightful title of “Zhuangyuan” (meaning top scorer in Chinese) was taken away by the emperor for his disfigured and ugly appearance. Zhong Kui committed suicide in anger and rage by throwing himself against the palace gates until he broke his head. During the divine judgment after his death, Yama (the Chinese King of Hell) saw great potential in Zhong Kui. He was intelligent and smart enough to score top honors in the imperial exams but sentenced to hell for the grave sin of suicide. Yama then gave him a title as the king of spirits and instructed him to hunt, imprison, take charge, and maintain discipline and order among all souls. After Zhong Kui became the king of the ghosts in hell, he returned to his hometown on Chinese New Year’s Eve. To thank Du Ping for his kindness, Zhong Kui married his younger sister to Du Ping.

Key selling points

  • 50mm diameter for 3oz coin
  • Ultra high relief Smartminting©️ technology
  • Antique finish with colored highlight
  • Low mintage just 99 pcs
  • Partial proof sword

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Article IDCK2002
CountryCook Islands
Face Value20 Dollars
Weight3 oz (93.3 g)
Diameter50 mm
QualityAntique Finish
Mintage99 pcs.
Scope of DeliveryCapsule, Box / Case, Certificate of Authenticity
Special FeaturesSmartminting©, Antique Finish, Coloured, Gold-plated
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