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Journey to the West on a Starry Night

2 oz 999 Fine Silver Coin – Republique du Tchad 2023 – 10000 Francs CFA

Featuring characters from arguably the most popular work in Chinese literary, mythology and culture across East Asia, the Journey to the West. It tells the story of Tang Sanzhang 唐三藏 and his three disciples, Sun Wukong 孙悟空, Zhu Bajie 猪八戒, Sha Wujing 沙悟净, and a dragon prince, which acts as Sanzhang’s white horse, journeying towards enlightenment by the power and virtue of cooperation. As one of the Four Great Classic Novels (四大名著), it is one of the most read, studied and adapted forms of Chinese literature. Deeply rooted in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy as well as Chinese folklore and mythology, Journey to the West continues to influence Chinese culture today with its teachings. The Gods and deities within the novel are legendary household names that are worshipped and looked upon for their virtuous and respectable conduct depicted throughout the novel.

Blending Eastern and Western cultures can create fabulous art pieces that tell their own unique stories. Starry Night is a very famous painting created by Vincent van Gogh which was created during a period when he was in an asylum-seeking care for his mental illness. The painting is beloved for the emotional nature of the brush strokes and the beauty of the colors. The marriage of these two works of art tells the story of the journey, one which might be physical or might be in the mind. This piece depicts the journey both west and east and cleverly displays the marriage of the stories behind these two pieces of art. The obverse features a vintage illustration of Tang Sanzhang and the dragon prince in two forms, as the White Dragon and as White Horse.

This collectible is made possible with a new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Plus”, which combines 11.5 oz of copper embodied within two layers of 999 pure Silver totaling 2 oz, to deliver a super ultra-high relief topped with silver antiqued finishing. This is a limited edition of 333 pieces only. Each piece is packaged and delivered with a Certificate verifying its edition number and authenticity.