Dec 022015

Sun Wu Kong, also known as the Monkey King, is a major character in Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It recounts the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who travelled westwards with three protectors, one of whom was Sun Wu Kong. Published in the 16th century, the popular tale combined comic adventure and profound insight as the group journeyed towards enlightenment aided by the power and virtue of cooperation.


Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this new Monkey King coin celebrates one of China’s most enduring literary characters.

Sun Wu Kong was born on Flower Fruit Mountain from a stone egg that was created by the coupling of Heaven and Earth. He was given the title Monkey King after distinguishing himself by fearlessly leaping through a waterfall and discovering blissful Water Curtain Cave for the other monkeys. Endowed with supernatural powers and hard to control, however, he caused trouble in Heaven and was imprisoned by Buddha. Five centuries later, in exchange for his freedom, he offered to serve as a disciple of the pilgrim Xuanzang who was on his way to retrieve Buddhist scriptures from India.

The Monkey King’s primary weapon was his staff, the ‘Ruyi Jingu Bang’, which he could shrink down to the size of a needle and keep in his ear, or expand to gigantic proportions. Able to leap vast distances and transform his appearance, he was the most powerful member of the pilgrimage and best at combatting the demons who threatened their journey. Having kept Xuanzang safe, Sun Wu Kong was granted Buddhahood for his service and strength on their return to China.

Monkey King 2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin

Struck from 99.9% pure silver, this coin features a vivid portrayal of the Monkey King, Sun Wu Kong during his adventures. An ideal release with which to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, just 5,000 of these colourful coins will be released in presentation packaging.



  16 Responses to “The Monkey King – a colourful character from classical Chinese literature”

  1. Hi blog Team,

    the coin has an interesting design which I believe is desidged for Chinese market mainly.
    You have a special edition with the golden bezel (ring) around the coin. Does the maximum mintage of 100,000 include all versions of the 1oz coins and was it made for China Gold Corp again?

    Kind regards

    • Hi Norbert

      Our Chinese distributor packaged the Monkey King coin with a bezel for local customers. We can confirm that the maximum mintage is 100,000, which includes the version packaged with a bezel.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

  2. Would you continue it as a series?

  3. is there a chance to get the 2oz coin? i have 1/2, 1, 5, 10OZ & the Kilo, but cant find the 2OZ.

    • Hi Frank

      The 2oz Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin will be back in stock at the Mint next week in limited numbers. Please call 1300 201 112 / +61 8 9421 7218. Alternatively, have you tried our authorised distributors?

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

  4. Hello,

    I had a question referring to the coins with the gold looking bezel from your Chinese distributor. By any chance do you know the purity of these rings and are they real gold at all, if so plated or solid? And a ballpark figure on how many sets were packaged.

    Also any idea when the 2 oz Monkey King will be back on your site? I must have just missed them.

    Much thanks

    • Hi Dan

      Not sure, to be honest. Baoquan ( designed and added the bezels which we think are gold-plated. We’ve put in a request to our Chinese agent to verify this for you will post back later.

      As for the Monkey King coin, we only ever offered the 1oz version on our site. Baoquan is the sole distributor to have taken 2oz coins to date and we have also requested further information for you.

      Thanks for your patience,

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

  5. Looking to purchase the Monkey King coins with the bezel, can you direct me to where I can find more info on them.. Purity of rings, mintage of set, etc.

    Much thanks

    • Hi Phil

      Baoquan ( designed and added the bezel to the Monkey King coins. We are currently investigating your questions with the help of our agent in China and will post back later.

      Thanks for your patience,

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

  6. Hi,

    I would like more info on the Monkey King coin.
    How many types are released by Perth Mint?
    Only 1oz? Or 5 and 10os as well. 1kg?
    Can you please list the ones that are minted and released by Perth Mint.
    I have seen 5 and 10 oz ones being sold in the net, but cannot find them on Perth Mint site, and also not on the sold-out coins section.

    • Hi Victor,

      The Monkey King silver coin was struck in 1/2oz, 1oz, 2oz, 5oz, 10oz, and kilo sizes. However, only the 1oz size was released at retail by The Perth Mint in presentation packaging. Other coins were manufactured on behalf of our international wholesale clients.

      Hope this helps,

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

      • Hi,

        For the other coin values, can Perth Mint provide more information eg mintageof each coin.
        And the packaging that was provided.

        After all, it is still minted by Perth Mint, and more information will be appreciated by enthusiasts of PM 🙂

        • Hi Victor

          Maximum mintages for the Monkey King silver coin is as follows: 1/2oz = 100,000; 2oz = 10,000; 5oz = 10,000; 10oz = 5,000; 1 kilo = 5,000. The Perth Mint housed these coins in capsules for delivery to wholesale customers who were responsible for any additional presentation packaging.

          Kind regards

          Blog Team

  7. Will the actual final mintages for these coins (i.e. were 100,000 of the 1oz coins actually minted before production ceased) be published on the Perth Mint website in the near future?

    • Hi Bullion Baron

      We will publish figures for the Monkey King 2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin within next March’s sales and mintage update.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team


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