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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #75 on: April 25, 2015, 02:39:01 PM »
Hi everyone!
Do we have any updates on these medals? Are there more resource materials such as the above posting by fwang2450? Has anyone got photos of the actual site and structures to share? It's not just the medals, it is the background stories and visual materials that enrich these aspects of China's history and cultural heritage that we are being privileged to share in from vast distances away!!
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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #76 on: April 25, 2015, 04:48:33 PM »
This site contains numerous images of the Chengde Mountain Resort'

http://tinyurl.com/n8x4dcz


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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #77 on: April 26, 2015, 01:33:19 AM »
This site contains numerous images of the Chengde Mountain Resort'

http://tinyurl.com/n8x4dcz



Thanks a lot. I'll check it out.
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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #78 on: May 04, 2015, 11:22:14 PM »
Anyone get the real medal yet?

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #79 on: May 05, 2015, 01:15:37 AM »
Anyone get the real medal yet?

Mountain Resort is not released yet. Will be available in a month or so.

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #80 on: May 05, 2015, 01:35:31 AM »
I must eye for it. I like the mirror effects.

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #81 on: May 23, 2015, 11:16:51 PM »
Here are the latest descriptions of the medal for the Mountain Resort, also known as the Imperial Summer Resort, by Lei Ting:

The ancient royal garden Mountain Resort is located beyond the Great Wall, and so is the least familiar among the Four Classical Gardens. As such, it is endowed with a sense of mystery. The architecture that combines Han, Manchurian, Mongolian and even Tibetan Buddhist styles, and the mountains, waters, towers and pavilions that embody oriental grace and elegance, are well worth exploring. In the Classical Gardens series, this medal was the one that the team gave their most attention to, with pains-taking efforts. We were lucky to have secured Ms. Yu Songmei, a well-known designer at the China Banknote Printing and Coin Minting Co, for the design of the medal. Ms. Yu studied under Rocky Zhao, who in turn was a student to Master Chen Jian. She grew up next to the gates of the Mountain Resort and knows all the landscape in the area, with a deep sense of love and belonging. She made two trips back home to refresh her memory and gain a better knowledge of the vicinity. The final design is amazing and outstanding, stemming from her refined perception and inspiration. The obverse is featured by the brass Royal Lion with Drooping Ears guarding the palace gate, and the Three-Arch Level Bridge and other scenic spots shifted over some distance into the background. The reverse starts from the Lizheng Gate in the foreground, and extends beyond the Mid-Lake Pavilion all the way across the waters and mountains of the royal garden. This medal was painstakingly and meticulously engraved by the famed folk artist Mr. Lin Feng. Even the knocker rings on the palace gate are clearly visible on the small medal. This medal is also the one in the series that took the longest time to release. The design was initiated in the beginning of 2014. The design draft was reviewed and approved by Shanghai Mint in June, thus kicking off the approval process for the project. The clay and plaster models were completed in August. The medal is to be released at the end of May, 2015. It has been a full year and a half. The pattern was struck three times. The dies were re-engraved four times and modified five times to add mirror effect to the sky and arches under the bridge, to clear out the walls of the pavilions and corridors, and to improve the waves on the lake. (The relief of the obverse and reverse was adjusted down a little from the clay model, due to the lesson learned during the Yuanmingyuan/Old Summer Palace production, which cracked more than twenty die sets.) The mintage is as follows:

Silver – Planned: 1200; Actual: 1000
Antique silver – Planned: 500; Actual: 388
Brass: 480 (planned and actual)
Stained copper: 180 (planned and actual)

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #82 on: May 23, 2015, 11:20:42 PM »
The legendary engraver/designer Lin Feng, whose works include the Crabs and Xi Shi and the Pearl. He worked at New Century Medals Co., whose owner is Yi Shizhong, the hand engraver of the goldfish series.

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #83 on: May 24, 2015, 09:17:22 AM »
The legendary engraver/designer Lin Feng, whose works include the Crabs and Xi Shi and the Pearl. He worked at New Century Medals Co., whose owner is Yi Shizhong, the hand engraver of the goldfish series.
A man loaded with talent and achievements. Congratulations to Lin Feng for his Xi Shi with a Pearl medal design; a truly wonderful looking medal!
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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #84 on: May 24, 2015, 09:28:37 AM »
Here are the latest descriptions of the medal for the Mountain Resort, also known as the Imperial Summer Resort, by Lei Ting:

The ancient royal garden Mountain Resort is located beyond the Great Wall, and so is the least familiar among the Four Classical Gardens. As such, it is endowed with a sense of mystery. The architecture that combines Han, Manchurian, Mongolian and even Tibetan Buddhist styles, and the mountains, waters, towers and pavilions that embody oriental grace and elegance, are well worth exploring. In the Classical Gardens series, this medal was the one that the team gave their most attention to, with pains-taking efforts. We were lucky to have secured Ms. Yu Songmei, a well-known designer at the China Banknote Printing and Coin Minting Co, for the design of the medal. Ms. Yu studied under Rocky Zhao, who in turn was a student to Master Chen Jian. She grew up next to the gates of the Mountain Resort and knows all the landscape in the area, with a deep sense of love and belonging. She made two trips back home to refresh her memory and gain a better knowledge of the vicinity. The final design is amazing and outstanding, stemming from her refined perception and inspiration. The obverse is featured by the brass Royal Lion with Drooping Ears guarding the palace gate, and the Three-Arch Level Bridge and other scenic spots shifted over some distance into the background. The reverse starts from the Lizheng Gate in the foreground, and extends beyond the Mid-Lake Pavilion all the way across the waters and mountains of the royal garden. This medal was painstakingly and meticulously engraved by the famed folk artist Mr. Lin Feng. Even the knocker rings on the palace gate are clearly visible on the small medal. This medal is also the one in the series that took the longest time to release. The design was initiated in the beginning of 2014. The design draft was reviewed and approved by Shanghai Mint in June, thus kicking off the approval process for the project. The clay and plaster models were completed in August. The medal is to be released at the end of May, 2015. It has been a full year and a half. The pattern was struck three times. The dies were re-engraved four times and modified five times to add mirror effect to the sky and arches under the bridge, to clear out the walls of the pavilions and corridors, and to improve the waves on the lake. (The relief of the obverse and reverse was adjusted down a little from the clay model, due to the lesson learned during the Yuanmingyuan/Old Summer Palace production, which cracked more than twenty die sets.) The mintage is as follows:

Silver – Planned: 1200; Actual: 1000
Antique silver – Planned: 500; Actual: 388
Brass: 480 (planned and actual)
Stained copper: 180 (planned and actual)


With such a history and excellent performance of the preceding medals I know there will be a lot of interest in the forthcoming release. I hope we all can lay our hands on these medals!
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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #85 on: May 24, 2015, 10:08:48 AM »
A man loaded with talent and achievements. Congratulations to Lin Feng for his Xi Shi with a Pearl medal design; a truly wonderful looking medal!
I also need to add the Mountain Resort medal to the accolade of Lin Feng's engraving skills. Great job!
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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #86 on: June 01, 2015, 08:21:16 PM »
Update to this statement in my previous post: The medal is to be released at the end of May, 2015.

Due to die cracking in production, the release time of the Mountain Resort has been delayed to early June.

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #87 on: June 02, 2015, 01:34:30 AM »
Update to this statement in my previous post: The medal is to be released at the end of May, 2015.

Due to die cracking in production, the release time of the Mountain Resort has been delayed to early June.

The kettle that is watched never seems to boil! Let them take all the time they need. This may turn out to be the best made so far in the series. Good luck and watch those fingers! Let it just be cracked dies and not fingers!

Thanks for the update.
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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #88 on: June 07, 2015, 01:30:14 PM »
The Mountain Resort was released yesterday. Here are a few pictures.

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Re: The Journey of the Chinese Classical Garden Series of Medals
« Reply #89 on: June 07, 2015, 06:35:56 PM »
looking good Frank.  Can't wait to see it in hand.  Thanks for sharing.  I believe there is one more to come to complete the series?  Thanks again.