Formerly Handled by SK Bullion in Singapore, the honours for distributing the Chinese Gods Mythology series have been snapped up by Precious Metal Collectors, also of the Lion City. We’re glad to see this Asian themed mythology range continue, thanks to a Thai dealer, and it’s in good hands with PMC, handlers of the Hector of Troy coin and the neat 96 Rat lunar.
The second issue in this series is a character far more familiar in the West than Erlang Shen – Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. Star of several movies and TV series that made the transition to Western audiences, mainly because this is a quirky and charismatic figure. We’ve got fond memories of the Japanese show that ran for two 26-episode seasons in the late 1970’s, which was filmed on location in Northern China, and was based on the16th century Chinese novel, Journey to the West, by Wu Cheng’en.
The coin follows the design style set in place by the first release – inspired by, but not slavishly copying the Mint of Polands look. The Monkey King is depicted with his legendary Golden-Hooped Rod and his battle cloak, both of which are gilded with varying shades of gold. He stands in front of the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits in preparation for a heavenly battle. All is brought to life on this 2oz fine silver coin with a high relief strike and antique finish.
The obverse is fairly standard however, just the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley, which is common with issues from Niue. Sadly, no themed elements appear on this side, and we miss the neat border from the first coin that appeared on both faces. Hopefully, that will return. What has returned is the good quality black gloss coin box with the enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. Available to order now, this is a fine celebration of a much loved figure from Chinese mythology.