The People’s Bank of China has just released the "Outlaws of the Marsh Gold and Silver Commemorative Coins" through official distributor Panda America, commemorating one of the most well-known and beloved Chinese classic novels ever written. There are 5 different colorized coins issued: a 1/3-oz gold coin, two different 1-oz silver coins, one 5-oz gold coin, and one 5-oz silver coin.
Written in the fourteenth century and derived from factual events and persons, the "Outlaws of the Marsh" tells the story of a group of male and female heroes at the end of the North Song Dynasty. The "Outlaws of the Marsh" coin program features famous characters, like SongJiang, leader of the bandits; and bold and brave leaders like Lu Zhishen, Li Kui, Wu Song and Lin Chong. These heroes banded together on a marsh-girt mountain in what today is Shandong Province, and became leaders of an outlaw army, fighting bravely against pompous, heartless tyrants. The stories of these battles and heroes struck a responsive chord with people, gradually evolving into folk legends. Now, thanks to the People's Bank of China, these legends will live forever represented on beautiful 99.9% pure Gold & Silver coins.