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Xu Beihong’s Latest MCC Portfolio
« on: April 13, 2015, 12:43:38 PM »
Xu Beihong’s work has been widely featured on many sets and series issued by the People’s Bank of China. The earliest case is the 1981 Year of the Rooster gold and silver coins. Since then the Lunar series has played host to many of his works: of the 9 coins of the 1990 Year of the Horse series, apart from the three which feature works by Zhang Daqian (1899 – 1983), the remaining 6 all exhibit Xu Beihong’s works. Similarly, the 9-coin 1993 Year of the Rooster series contains two coins featuring Xu Beihong’s paintings. Before this latest 2015 release, 1995 was the last time we saw his works on modern Chinese coins. The 1995 Modern Chinese Famous Paintings series featured one of his artworks, while the four-coin 1995 Centenary of the Birth of Xu Beihong series exclusively featured his paintings. He remains to this day one of the most prolifically featured personalities in the history of modern Chinese coins. This extensive numismatic portfolio is perhaps synonymous with his impact as an artist, as he was highly influential not only in China, but also had a profound effect on many artists abroad.