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Dream of the Red Mansion
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:20:03 AM »
Chinese commemorative coins and medals depicting characters from Cao Xueqin’s Dream of the Red Mansion, often considered to be the greatest novel of China. This is a continuation of last month's story.

"Some authors spin stories of exciting adventures. Others find gripping drama beneath the surface of a quiet day. Cao Xueqin’s idea was to weave a tapestry from the strands of Qing Dynasty daily life. He set out to describe everything from customs and social status to matters of the spirit — with detours to farcical events like a classroom brawl and occasional ribaldry."

"With his own past as a source, the author conjured up a panorama so broad it reaches from social formalities to its characters’ deepest hopes and dreams. Not only the high and mighty, but a servant, a poor relation scrounging for a scrap, a plotting concubine or a Taoist priest traveling with a Buddhist monk all have their tales to share. The flight of each butterfly has its effect."

https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/8290/



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Re: Dream of the Red Mansion
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 02:20:05 PM »
Peter,

Fascinating piece of writing. It reminded me of one of my favorite medals: a large medal that is the first in a 4-part series of medals on the Four Great Classical Novels in China.
 
This 100mm medal was issued in 2012, designed/carved by well-known coin artists Chen Jian and Li Jin, and struck in Shanghai by a private mint. Shown here is the brass version; it was also issued in copper, silver, and copper/brass bimetallic.


Chinese commemorative coins and medals depicting characters from Cao Xueqin’s Dream of the Red Mansion, often considered to be the greatest novel of China. This is a continuation of last month's story.

"Some authors spin stories of exciting adventures. Others find gripping drama beneath the surface of a quiet day. Cao Xueqin’s idea was to weave a tapestry from the strands of Qing Dynasty daily life. He set out to describe everything from customs and social status to matters of the spirit — with detours to farcical events like a classroom brawl and occasional ribaldry."

"With his own past as a source, the author conjured up a panorama so broad it reaches from social formalities to its characters’ deepest hopes and dreams. Not only the high and mighty, but a servant, a poor relation scrounging for a scrap, a plotting concubine or a Taoist priest traveling with a Buddhist monk all have their tales to share. The flight of each butterfly has its effect."

https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/8290/



Best wishes,
Peter Anthony
NGC Consultant
China Pricepedia — Chinese Coin Prices and More
The Gold & Silver Panda Coin Buyer’s Guide
Home of the 2020 Valentine Panda
www.pandacollector.com

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Re: Dream of the Red Mansion
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 03:44:02 PM »
Peter,

Fascinating piece of writing. It reminded me of one of my favorite medals: a large medal that is the first in a 4-part series of medals on the Four Great Classical Novels in China.
 
This 100mm medal was issued in 2012, designed/carved by well-known coin artists Chen Jian and Li Jin, and struck in Shanghai by a private mint. Shown here is the brass version; it was also issued in copper, silver, and copper/brass bimetallic.



That is a beautifully designed medal with a convincing portrait of Cao Xueqin. Thanks for sharing it.

Best wishes,
Peter Anthony
NGC Consultant
China Pricepedia — Chinese Coin Prices and More
The Gold & Silver Panda Coin Buyer’s Guide
Home of the 2020 Valentine Panda
www.pandacollector.com


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Re: Dream of the Red Mansion
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 02:10:48 AM »
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