June 2, 2011 – The second coin issues commemorating China’s famous Peking Opera feature colorful and distinctive masks on 2011-dated silver and gold proof coins struck at the Shenzhen Guobuo Mint; they are expected shortly. Each of the two silver coins weighs 1 troy oz. of pure silver (50,000 issued), and the gold coin contains 1/4 troy oz. of pure gold (30,000 issued). Coins come in official presentation boxes with Certificates of Authenticity.
The Peking Opera is considered as a national treasure, with a history of over 200 years. It is considered the most significant of all opera production companies in China, and plays a large role in Chinese culture. Colorful masks, inspired from ancient ceremonies and religious symbols, are created by the actors – with the colors representing the character’s personality and fate.
In 2008, Beijing schools added The Peking Opera to their course-list as part of a coordinated effort to preserve the traditional art for another generation, that seems to be more interested in pop stars and Western culture.
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If you want to see these masks on stage take a look at this video.