Silver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger, Coin from Samoa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger, Coin from Samoa
CoinSilver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger

The currency of Samoa is the Tālā, the name of which is a transliteration of the English words Dollar; it was introduced in 1967. On coinage sometimes the English word is inscribed, especially on commemorative and bullion coins not intended to circulate within the country.

Samoa has authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the popular silver ounce (1 oz silver) format, such as this one.

This premium bullion coin is the first design in the Four Guardians series by LPM, and features the White Tiger.

The Mint says about it:
For more than 6,000 years, the mythic Guardians have stood watch over China. The White Tiger of the West, the Black Warrior/Tortoise of the North, the Azure Dragon of the East and the Vermilion Bird of the South represent not only the four directions of the compass, but also the four seasons.

Now, in an exclusive series, each of the Guardians is being struck in a 1oz silver and 1oz gold BU format with the first release featuring the White Tiger of the West - Autumn.

MintLPM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage10,000
Obverse
Samoa / Silver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits. Below the neck truncation, the designer's initials IRB.

Given that Samoa has been a republic since it gained independence in 1962, it is unclear why the Queen's effigy is displayed on the coin (not to mention that she died in 2022).

Below the portrait, a small Coat of Arms of Samoa. It consists of a shield, the lower two-thirds of which have five stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross; the upper third depicts a beach and a coconut palm. The shield is surmounted by a cross with rays radiating from its centre, and is superimposed on two concentric circles representing the world, and an olive branch wreath - as in the United Nations Badge. On a ribbon below, the motto FA'AVAE I LE ATUA SAMOA, meaning "God be the Foundation of Samoa".

Around above, the name of the country and the date of issue: SAMOA 2023. The precious metal content 1 oz Ag 999 is inscribed around below left; it means "one troy ounce of 99.9% silver" - Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver. Around below right, the face value 2 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription SAMOA 2023 1 oz Ag 999 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Samoa / Silver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger - reverse photo

The reverse design shows the mythical White Tiger of the West (also symbolic of Autumn), with roaring mouth facing the viewer.

Below right, a compass rose showing the main compass directions is surrounded by smoke-like decorations.

Around below, the inscription White Tiger of the West-Autumn.

Reverse Inscription White Tiger of the West-Autumn
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: individual loose coins, or 20 in tube, or 500 in monster box.
Series: Four Guardians
Date of issue: 23 November 2022.
Issue price: US$ 28.80

See also

Coins in the Four Guardians series issued for Samoa:
- 1 oz Gold, White Tiger of the West-Autumn, 2023
- 1 oz Silver, White Tiger of the West-Autumn, 2023

All (16) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageEffigy / SymbolLegend
Silver Ounce 2018 Seahorse 31,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2018 2 TALA
Silver Ounce 2019 Seahorse 30,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2019 2 TALA 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2020 Seahorse 9,500 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2020 2 TALA 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2020 Serpent of Milan 17,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2020 2 TALA 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2020 Momotarō Subdues the Demon (Ukiyo-e Style) 75,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2020 5 TALA ONE OUNCE 9999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2020 Momotarō Subdues the Demon (Anime Style) 75,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2020 5 TALA ONE OUNCE 9999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Seahorse 20,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA 2021 2 TALA
Silver Ounce 2021 Alpha and Omega 21,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2021 2 TALA 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Pacific Mermaid 20,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA 2021 2 TALA
Silver Ounce 2021 Momotarō Onto Demon Island (Ukiyo-e Style) 75,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2021 5 TALA ONE OUNCE 9999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Momotaro Onto Demon Island, Anime Style 75,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2021 5 TALA ONE OUNCE 9999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Steve McQueen 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait SAMOA 2021 1 oz Ag 999 5 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2022 Light of Christ 21,000 Coat of Arms of Samoa SAMOA · 2021 2 TALA 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Looney Tunes - Bugs Bunny 18,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait SAMOA 2022 1 oz Ag 999 5 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2022 Looney Tunes - Daffy Duck 18,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait SAMOA 2022 1 oz Ag 999 5 DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait SAMOA 2023 1 oz Ag 999 2 DOLLARS
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Silver Ounce 2023 Four Guardians - White Tiger: Details
CountrySamoa
CurrencyTala
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2023
Effigy / SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Tala)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size39.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-LZWN-ENXQ
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