The 14th century Chinese novel, ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ has inspired quite a few coins over the last few years, including some super designs from Pela Coins, the Mint of Gdańsk, Mint XXI, and Numiartis. It’s to the first of those producers, Pela, that we go for this new issue, the fourth in that series. Pela, along with Silver Coins Europe, have recently formed the Carpathian Mint, so any series either of these two producers had in progress, will now be released under the Carpathian Mint banner.
The individual adorning this fourth ‘Romance’ coin is the warlord, Cao Cao, the penultimate Grand Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty. In this dynasties final years, Cao Cao amassed considerable power, laying the foundation of the Cao Wei state, one of the Three Kingdoms. Founded in 220 AD by his son, Cao Pi, it fell to the Jin Dynasty just 46 years later.