As if releasing brand-new 100-yuan banknotes wasn’t enough excitement for one month, on Wednesday, the People’s Bank of China issued new commemorative currency that honors China’s achievements in the field of aerospace. We think they’re pretty neato.
The set includes a 100-yuan bank note and a 10-yuan coin. They can be used normally to buy stuff if you really want to give them up.
The 100-yuan note features the Shenzhou-9 capsule docking with the Tiangong-1 space lab on the front and the Chang’e-1 lunar satellite, the Tiangong space station (to be be finished in 2020-2022) and a jumbo jet on the back.
The new forms of currency were made available to people who registered ahead, each customer was limited to just three coins and ten banknotes each. There are 100 million 100-yuan bills and 300 million 10-yuan coins.
Of course, even with the limit, opportunistic sellers are looking to make a profit by selling the money for more money. On Taobao, the price for the commemorative currency has already risen at least 20% with the 100-yuan notes going for 120 to 150 yuan and the 10-yuan coins selling for as much as 40 yuan, according to Tencent.
Special occasions that China has issued commemorative banknote for in the past include: the 50th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, the new millennium and the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Meanwhile, China’s space program has ambitious plans for the future, which isn’t good news for rural Shaanxi homeowners.
[Images via China News]