1993 5 Yuan Silver Proof Coin - The Invention of Zero

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This beautifully designed 5 Yuan coin was issued by the government of the People's Republic of China.

It is certain that the Chinese were the first to use a place for zero in their calculations in the 4th century B.C.  For centureis, there was no need for a symbol for zero, as an empty space was simply left on the abacus which was commonly used for calculation in China.  The zero is thought to have developed from a circle drawn around this emply space.  Over 2,000 years later no calculation would be possible without the figure zero.

Coin Specifications

Value - China Five Yuan

Metal - 900/1000 Silver

Weight - 22.22g

Diameter - 36mm

Obverse - The Invention of Zero

Reverse - The Great Wall

The coin is encapsulated.

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