Silver Two Ounces 2022 Chinese Dragon and Tiger, Coin from Tokelau - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2022 Chinese Dragon and Tiger, Coin from Tokelau
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2022 Chinese Dragon and Tiger

Tokelau, known previously as the Tokelau Islands, is a dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean. It uses the New Zealand Dollar as circulation currency, but has been issuing a variety of non-circulating coins since 1978. These are denominated in dollars or "Tala" (the local word for dollar) and cents.

The country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue non circulating coins under its jurisdiction. Two troy ounces of silver is an internationally popular format, which is usually denominated as Ten Dollars.

The 2022 2oz Chinese Dragon and Tiger .999 Silver Antique High Relief Coin is part of the Tokelau Auspicious Dragon Zodiac Pairing Series.

The Mint says about it:
For those who are familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, the Tai Sui (sometimes referred to as Grand Duke of Jupiter) is the personified deity of the stars opposite Jupiter who rules over all earthly matters in a specific lunar calendar. The Tai Sui changes every year during the Lunar New Year, as with the Zodiac. Typically, the Zodiac of the year would "clash" with the Tai Sui, resulting in difficulties or setbacks through the year for those born under the same sign. As such, the auspicious dragon is intentionally paired with the Zodiac sign of the year in this series to attract success and luck for the particular Zodiac.

The Tiger is one of the more popular zodiac animals out of the Chinese zodiac, as it is believed that individuals born in the Year of the Tiger are often passionate, optimistic, and confident. 2022 marks the Year of the Tiger and is believed to pack opportunities and energy for the Tigers. As a natural leader and the largest of the cat species, the powerful tiger is charismatic and leads with vigour and authority. It is thus said that if one is born in the Year of the Tiger, they are blessed with a wide circle of friends. With a hunger for victory, the Tiger thrives in competition and is looked upon favourably for success. When matched with the majestic dragon that symbolises luck and auspicious connotations, this piece is a showcase of immense power and strength.

Both creatures snarl and lunge fearlessly from the reverse, their surreal forms leaping away from the surface. The grained finish of the tiger’s body contrasts with the lines that define the dragon’s scales, representing the magnificent form of the two in splendid detail.

Measuring 80mm in diameter, this piece is double the size of the regular 2 oz collectible. This is made possible with a new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Plus”, which combines 11.5 oz of copper within two layers of 999 fine-silver totalling 2 oz. The result is an incredible weight and feel to match the regal Chinese dragon detail, and a super ultra-high relief topped with silver antiqued finishing.

Upon completion, each of the limited 500 pieces are then imbued with the energy of the two animals. This is done by a reputable Feng Shui master from Singapore, Master Louis Cheung, who invites the energy of the powerful dragon and the mighty tiger into the collectible and amplifies their positive traits and auspicious energy for it to attract even more of such energy. Every piece has been blessed with wishes of wealth, fortune, and success for their future owners.

MintPMC Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
Tokelau / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Chinese Dragon and Tiger - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: TOKELAU 2022 ELIZABETH II 10 DOLLARS.

Below left, behind the the portrait, is a representation of the national flag of Tokelau.

The background of the obverse is a continuation of the reverse design.

Obverse Inscription TOKELAU 2022 ELIZABETH II 10 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tokelau / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Chinese Dragon and Tiger - reverse photo

The reverse design represents a snarling tiger, and a Chinese dragon above which is protecting it.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Composition: 11.5 troy ounces of copper plus two layers of 99.9% silver totalling 2 troy ounces.
Finish: antique, high relief.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Coin series: Auspicious Dragon Zodiac Pairing.

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Silver Two Ounces 2022 Chinese Dragon and Tiger: Details
CountryTokelau
CurrencyTokelau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver, plus copper
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size80.000 mm
Mass419.850 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-LBLB-ENXQ
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