TERRACOTTA WARRIORS 2019 Qin Shi Huang 5oz silver BU coin
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS 2019 Qin Shi Huang 5oz silver: 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.
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.
This 2019 coin is quite late and the mintage was reduced dramatically to just 1500 units. The 2020 release will have a much higher mintage. Read more here
This second issue has chosen to show a solitary warrior, albeit in fuller form, and also one of the myriad horses that also inhabit the expansive tomb.
This features the Fijian coat of arms, weight, denomination, year date and metal fineness.
Includes a Terracotta Warriors drawstring sack & Certificate of Authenticity.