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Bhutan 1/4 oz MAHAYANA - LESHAN GIANT BUDDHA OF CHINA series World Buddha Heritage 1000 Ngultrum 2011 Gold Coin


Mint: Singapore Mint
Product Code: SI-G-WBH-11-01
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Name of series
Buddha > View
Metal Gold
Mintage 6000
Fineness (% purity) 99.99%
Content (Troy OZ) 1/4
Denomination (BTN) 1000 Ngultrum
Weight (g) 7.78
Diameter (mm) 21.96
Year of Issue 2011
Country Bhutan
Quality Proof
Package Yes
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
VAT or Tax will be refunded if charged in your country
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MAHAYANA - LESHAN GIANT BUDDHA OF CHINA - the fourth issue in the series "World Buddha Heritage"
✔ The perfect gift to the archeology lover
✔ The attractive design
✔ Its uniqueness is guaranteed by the limited mintage of 6,000 coins
✔ The coin comes in an attractive case
Your benefits:
• Extremely high international collector demand
• Highly appreciated in The Investing in Collectible Coins
• Present this beautiful coin to your loved one for any occasions or a great business gift
The Singapore Mint proudly presents World Buddha Heritage Coin Series featuring magnificent Buddha monuments around the world. This coin series will span 8 issues to bring you the world famous Buddha heritage.


As the world’s largest seated Buddha carved in stone, the imposing Leshan Giant Buddha statue is selected as the focal point of the 4th coin in the World Buddha Heritage series. This magnificent religious relic featured on the obverse of the coin is an important artefact that has withstood the test of time. It is chosen for both its religious significance on Buddhism in China as well as man’s ingenuity at a time when tools were limited.

Located where the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers converge, the image of the Buddha carving on a cliff face was a project pioneered by a monk named Hai Tong in 713 AD. He believed that the presence of a Buddha would help improve the situation of bad weather and raging waters that was plaguing the lives of the villagers.

Apparently, this project which lasted 90 years resulted in a tremendous amount of material from the cliff face being deposited in the rivers below. This led to gentler currents and safer waters for passing ships. Besides its religious and historical significance, the Leshan Giant Buddha is also celebrated as an architectural marvel. Towering at a height of 71 metres, each foot is large enough to accommodate 100 standing people and the shoulders are as broad as a basketball court. 1,021 intricate buns form the Buddha’s coiled hair. Cleverly hidden gutters and grooves found throughout the statue drain rainwater, reducing erosion and preserving its façade.

Buddha’s exceptional aura which manifests as an emanating glow, is skillfully depicted on the coin. When the coin catches light, dazzling rays appear to radiate from the Buddha, bringing great blessings.

As a complement to this strong and sacred icon of Buddhism, the Khorlo (Dharma Wheel) is featured on the reverse of the coin. Rendered in full colour on the silver coin, the Khorlo symbolises Buddha’s teachings and the turning of the wheel is an allegory of spiritual change brought about by Buddha’s teachings. The eight spokes of the wheel represent the Noble Eightfold Path which is a code of conduct following Buddha’s teachings to a life free from suffering and leading to enlightenment.

The rich historical, cultural and religious significance encapsulated in this coin makes it a valuable addition to any collection.


Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as “The Buddha” (the Awakened One). The coin program highlights the spread of the different schools of Buddhism throughout the different regions of the world. In modern times, Buddhism is broadly recognized as comprising of three major branches:

a) Theravada, Teaching of The Elders, remains in Southeast Asia, especially Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Thailand.
b) Mahayana, The Great Vehicle, is widely practised throughout East Asia, especially in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Bhutan.
c) Vajrayana, The Thunderbolt Vehicle, is more prominent in the Himalayan nations of Tibet and Nepal.
There are eight auspicious symbols in Buddhism which can often be found on Buddhism related paraphernalia. The parasol, golden fish, treasure vase, lotus, conch, endless knot, Dharma wheel and victory flag each represent a unique aspect of Buddhist teachings.


This eight coin program celebrates the different schools of Buddhism with each coin paying homage to a renowned Buddha sculpture or a Buddhist monument found in the featured country. Each coin issue also features one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols.
Its unique and unconventional design showcases the Buddhist monument with its name and country of origin inscribed on the obverse. The reverse is a nod to its country of issue, the Kingdom of Bhutan and highlights one of Eight Auspicious Symbols, replacing the traditional national emblem.
This one-of-a-kind coin collection, rich in the history of Buddhism and cultural symbols is definitely a collector’s item.


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