These are part of the 3rd series of colored coins issued by the People's Bank of China commemorating the renowned classical Chinese literature "Pilgrimage to the West", or better known as "Monkey King" to the West. The coins depict characters and scenes from the story. Written by Wu Ch'eng-en, it is based on a true story about a Chinese monk, Xuan Zang, as he traveled to the West to seeking the Sutra, the Buddhist holy book. Mingled with Chinese fairy tales, legends, popular beliefs and monster stories. It fallows Xuan Zang and his three disciples, one of which Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, through their stormy journey which is packed with actions and adventure.
One coin depicts the monkey King fighting with seven spiders, and the other coin portrays the monkey King borrowing a fan three times from princess Tie Shan, both in full color. Both reverses show the face value of 10 Yuan legal tender of the People's Republic of China. The common obverse design is On The Scripture-seeking Route to India, the title of the PRC and year 2005.
These proof quality 1 oz. pure 99.9% silver coins have limited mintage of only 38,000 Pieces.