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2018 5 oz Fiji Terracotta Army .999 Silver Antique Coin

2018 5 oz Fiji Terracotta Army .999 Silver Antique Coin

2018 5 oz Fiji Terracotta Army .999 Silver Antique Coin
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Scottsdale Mint is pleased to announce a brand new bullion coin issued by Fiji – The 2018 Terracotta Army 5 oz Antique-Polished Silver Coin. This 5 oz coin has a 46mm diameter, ruptured edge, and an antique-polished finish that push the boundaries of any coin on the market. 

Qin Shi Huang, the founder of the Qin Dynasty, ruled as China’s first emperor  from 220–210 BC. To achieve immortality he commissioned the building of his own tomb – and an army to protect it. The Terracotta Army found in the Emperor’s burial complex was meant to guard his spirit in the afterlife. This massive collection consists of more than 8,000 life-size clay soldiers, horses, and chariots. Each clay figure is complete with armor, weapons, and unique facial features. Since being discovered by farmers in 1974, the Terracotta Army is held as one of the most remarkable and mysterious discoveries of the ancient world. 

The 2018 Terracotta Army 5 oz Silver Coin has a limited mintage of 10,000 pieces. The coins, manufactured and distributed by Scottsdale Mint and legal tender in Fiji, are struck in .999+ silver and weigh 5 troy ounces each. 

Over the last few years, Scottsdale Mint has dived fully into the legal-tender bullion coin market with a constant stream of interesting and well-designed products. While there have been a few gold coins in amongst the mix, the focus has primarily been on the burgeoning silver market. As well as standard formats, Scottsdale also brought to market a very cool Egyptian range which were five-ounces in weight and had a unique finish to the edge.

A great subject for a coin and one not common in modern numismatics, the Terracotta Army seems a perfect fit for Scottsdale’s chunky format. Depicting a view of the army with a close-up on one warrior in particular, it’s a cool idea that has been very well realised.

The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang (literally the “First Emperor of Qin”) was discovered on 29 March 1974 about 1.5 km east of his tomb mound at Mount Li. Fragments of the terracotta figures, along with pieces of the necropolis structures, had been found in the area for years, which led to Chinese archaeologists investigating. They found the largest pottery figurine group yet unearthed and it just snowballed from there.

The construction of the tomb was described by historian Sima Qian (145–90 BCE) in his most noted work Shiji, written a century after the mausoleum’s completion. Work on the mausoleum began in 246 BCE soon after Emperor Qin (then aged 13) ascended the throne, and the project eventually involved 700,000 workers until its completion in 206 BCE. The scale of the tomb complex is quite staggering. The layout of the mausoleum is modelled on the Qin capital Xianyang, divided into inner and outer cities. The circumference of the inner city is 2.5 km and the outer is 6.3 km. The Chinese have used ground-penetrating radar and core sampling and have determined the complex covers an incredible 98 square kilometers.

An earthen mound holds the Emperor’s tomb itself, but sensibly, the Chinese have decided not to excavate until they can be assured that no damage will occur to the contents. When the Terracotta Army was uncovered, the figures were covered in paint, which you will notice now only by its absence. The lacquer covering the paint can curl in as little as fifteen seconds, and flake off completely in just four minutes!

The Terracotta Army itself is believed to hold more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. Only a fraction of them have been uncovered to date and much work remains to be done. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. It isn’t just military figures joining the Emperor in the afterlife. Other terracotta non-military figures were found in other pits, including officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians.

Additional Info

Year 2018
Metal Content Silver
Denomination $2
Purity 999
Condition Brilliant Uncirculated
Country Fiji
Manufacturer Scottsdale Mint
Mintage 10,000
Diameter (mm) 46
Edge Reeded

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