U.S. President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to People's Republic of China Proof Silver Medal.


President Nixon arrives in Beijing February 21 and meets with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, which ended the U.S. hostility toward the People’s Republic of China that was formed in 1949.

 Facing Busts of Nixon & Chou.
(Dickson Niew Collection)
This proof silver medal is to commemorate the  visit of  U.S. President Richard Nixon  to the People's Republic of China ,  the visit was an important step in formally normalizing relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China. 

It marked the first time a U.S. president had visited the PRC, who at that time considered the U.S. one of its staunchest foes.

Mao and United Nations Building.
Oct 1971. Reverse.
(Dickson Niew Collection)
On the reverse of the medal,is an effigy of China Chairman Mao Zedong and the United Nations Building,this is to commemorate China became a member of United Nations on October,1971.

On 27–29 Jul 2004,this medal was put on auction at Dallas Brooks Centre,  Melbourne,Australia for a reserved price of USD100.00. 



  1. Hi Dickson,
    This is a beauty.
    We missed out this medallion during the earlier years after Preseident Nixon's historic visit.
    Just to satisfy ourselves, we later got a non-silver medallion which we suspected was a remake of one of the original medallions using non precious metal.
    Hehe, ok la, at least still got something to remember this historic event.
    Thanks a lot for sharing, Dickson :)

  2. Dear whycollect,
    I am lucky!I just got it last Friday from my uncle,he bought it 39 years ago for RM70.00.
    I was told,there were a lot of restrike in the later years!
    Happy week a head!!

  3. I have a couple of the coins, inherited. How many of these were made? Current value?

  4. For the First Time Chinese and American Companies and Artists Cooperate to Produce Remarkable Medal Commemorating Nixon’s Historic Visit to China

    A Chinese company, an American Mint, leading Chinese medalists, and one of America’s outstanding coin designers have combined their talents to produce a remarkable medal commemorating the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s historic visit to China.

    Only 400 serial numbered bronze medals have been produced by the MedalCraft Mint (in Green Bay, Wisconsin) for the Art Medal Communication Center (in Shanghai). Each hefty 3-inch medal consists of two halves, weighing over 10 oz. each (total weight over 1 ¼ pounds). The Nixon half features a large high relief profile of President Nixon in a thoughtful repose, with a smaller portrayal of Nixon talking to a young girl together with Prime Minister Zhou En Lai. The Great Wall and flying doves are in the background, and below is the inscription “40 Years/1972-2012 in English and Chinese. It was designed and sculpted by Joel Iskowitz, whose designs have appeared on over two dozen American coins, including the 2009 Lincoln Cent (Professional Life in Illinois) and the District of Columbia Quarter (Duke Ellington). Iskowitz writes in the accompanying brochure “In order to illuminate this momentous event of an extraordinary time, I tried to depict the American President as a reflective and thoughtful man of statecraft, aware of the transformative nature of this historic moment.”

    The Mao half features an extremely high relief portrait of Chairman Mao Ze Dong, with a smaller portrayal of Mao shaking hands with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; below are flying doves and the inscription “40/1972-2012” in English and Chinese. It was designed Luo Yonghui, who has worked for The Shanghai Mint since 1975, as well as the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation. In the accompanying brochure, Luo writes that “the Dove of Peace connects two parts of the medal as witness to normalization between China and the United States for 40 years, and as prospect of the future.”

    The reverse of the Nixon side and the reverse of the Mao side feature complementary yin-yang designs containing an American flying eagle and a Chinese dragon. The eagle is in relief and the dragon is incused on the Nixon half, and the eagle is incused and the dragon is in relief on the Mao half—so that the two halves fit together snugly to make a single impressive art medal. The yin-yang sides were designed and sculpted by a team including Long Hu and his wife Lan Xiaomie, along with Lin Feng and Xu Gang. Long Hu is an architect, and has designed over 50 medals; he is a collector as well—owning almost 1,000 art medals. Lan Xiaomie is a city planner, and has contributed to the designs of a number of medals. Lin Feng, who was originally a ceramist, has sculpted over 100 art medals. Xu Gang has loved astronomy since he was a child; his past medallic designs have included the Oriental dragon, the Western Tiger, the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight, and other bronze medallions about astronomy and aerospace.

    Long Hu writes in the accompanying brochure: “The Chinese dragon dances with the American eagle, with each nation’s flag in the background, indicating the normalization of relations between the two great countries. China and the United States have the opportunity to break through some of the difficulties encountered now, to move toward a brighter future.”

    The edge of each medal is inscribed “THE MEDALCRAFT MINT BRONZE MADE IN THE USA AMC-21 and the serial number/400.” Each double-medal comes in a custom lacquered box with a color brochure and individually numbered certificate of authenticity. This historic international project was coordinated by Mel Wacks in the United States and Sandy Chai in China.

    In the United States, the Nixon-Mao double medals can be ordered for $218 postpaid exclusively from Modern Coin Wholesale at or by calling 855-907-2646.