China 1998 Dr. Norman Bethune 1 oz Silver Proof Coin

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Scarce, only 61,000 proofs issued. Precious metal content is 31.39 gm. of 999 fine silver. In 1938, while living in China, Dr. Norman Bethune proposed a universal health care system for Canada. Although the suggestion was not readily accepted, Bethune's good works abroad and compelling recommendations would eventually find a place in the Canadian medical system. And finally, Bethune is probably most remembered as being the first to introduce the mobile blood bank to the battlefield, where he performed countless blood transfusions in the midst of heavy fighting. A doctor to the very end, Bethune died of blood poisoning in 1939, while ministering to a Chinese Army. Canada remembers Bethune as a medical genius, China reveres him as a saint.

Metal: Silver
Weight: 1 oz
Fineness: 99.9%
Mintage: 61,000
Denomination: 10 Yuan
Condition: Proof
Year: 1998