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1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« on: June 05, 2015, 04:15:29 PM »
Brass Datong Ancient Architecture 1984 minted by Liaoyin, branch of the People's Bank of China (thanks fwang). It is a 3 piece set, which is coming, I got this individual piece, and couldn't resist.  :tongue_smilie:

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 07:28:57 PM »
The engraving is truly remarkable, from the hands of Song Jinmin, a Shenyang Mint artist who designed many MCCs as well as the Fen circulating coins.

But this set was not minted in 1984. It was minted in the 1990's, after Song retired from Shenyang Mint.

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2015, 08:06:16 PM »
A very nice set  - 
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Artistry and beauty, combined with historical relevance.
I too liked this set, enough to add to my collection some time ago, I will have to find it and enjoy viewing it again.

Thanks to barsenault for the great pics and to fwang2450 for filling us in with the background details.
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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2015, 09:02:24 PM »
Some more background info: This medal describes the Yungang Grotto, which also appeared on one of the grotto coins. The set was commissioned by the Datong Museum, Datong being where the Yungang Grotto is. This is a good example that for artwork, what matters is the artist,  not where it is made or who commissioned it.

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2015, 10:10:57 PM »
Is it known if any Shenyang Mint medals were made from hand-engraved dies?

Or was this artistry practiced soley at Shanghai Mint?
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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2015, 10:47:23 PM »
Is it known if any Shenyang Mint medals were made from hand-engraved dies?

Or was this artistry practiced soley at Shanghai Mint?
I have not heard of hand engraved dies for coin size medals from Shenyang Mint. In recent years, some larger medals were made from hand engraved dies, similar to what Shanghai Mint has been doing.

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2015, 10:27:39 AM »
Does anyone know how many were minted?  How many may possibly exist?  Thanks for the info and feedback fwang and Hippanda. 

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2015, 10:21:57 PM »


Yungang Grottoes. Note the missing third figure of the trio on the left.

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2015, 08:41:57 AM »
Hey Peter, thanks for sharing.  Does anyone know what happened to that 3rd one?  Fascinating. 

Also, anyone have an idea of mintage on this set?  TIA.

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2015, 10:27:16 AM »
Hey Peter, thanks for sharing.  Does anyone know what happened to that 3rd one?  Fascinating.  



I couldn't find a specific explanation in the book from this trip. However, over the centuries many of the figures have been ruined by water that has percolated through the sandstone. Some areas are nearly wiped out, while others remain in good condition.



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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2015, 02:57:30 AM »
anymore information, I also bought one set

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2015, 04:11:46 PM »
here are the other 2 on the Datong set. I believe there is one more.   I'm on the hunt.  N14  Oh, and yeah, I know there is some corrosion on them.  Oh well.  Still love them, or I wouldn't have bought them for the treasure chest!  :w00t:










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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2015, 08:48:51 PM »
Two of your medals belong to a set. The one in the middle does not: http://www.997788.com/62711/search_143_27613113.html

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2015, 08:57:36 PM »
Hey Frank.  Thanks so much for the info.  I knew there was 1 missing, but didn't know which one.  I'll have to be on the hunt for that individul piece now.  N8  I wonder what set the other picece goes to.  Interesting.  Leave it up to my good friend in China to move things around. LOL.  N17   You know who I'm referring too.  N66 Thanks again.

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2015, 01:27:52 AM »
1984 or 1994?

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Re: 1984 Datong Ancient Architecture - Brass
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2015, 01:32:25 AM »
Never mind, I didn't notice twangs post.