Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures, Coin from Tuvalu
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The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the silver five-ounce format (abbreviated as 5 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

The Mint says about this coin:
A stunning tribute to a powerful ancient Chinese legend featuring four heavenly guardians, this extraordinary 5oz pure silver coin is exquisitely finished with coloured and antique treatments..

According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. These heavenly quadrants were known as the "Four Celestial Palaces", with each palace represented by a guardian animal with a corresponding colour, element, and virtue.

This coin has been individually "antiqued" by hand to give a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment, the appearance of each coin may vary.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage488
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures - 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 tiny 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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: five troy ounces of 99.99% silver.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2021 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse portrays the guardians of the Four Celestial Palaces. Black Tortoise: (Season) Winter - (Element) Water Symbolic of longevity, wisdom, knowledge, and reproduction; with no males, females were said to mate with snakes. Blue Dragon: (Season) Spring - (Element) Wood A symbol of supreme power; benevolent, just, and the bringer of wealth and good fortune. Red Phoenix: (Season) Summer - (Element) Fire Symbolic of resurrection and immortality; appeared in times of good fortune and believed to bring happiness to the people. White Tiger: (Season) Autumn - (Element) Metal The king of all animals and the lord of the mountains; a fierce protector with the power to exorcise evil spirits and grant a good harvest. Represented in vibrant colour, the four Chinese mythical creatures surround a yin yang symbol at the centre of the antiqued coin’s reverse.

The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are in small letters below the tiger's left foot.

Around left, the name of the coin: CHINESE ANCIENT MYTHICAL CREATURES.

Reverse Inscription CHINESE ANCIENT MYTHICAL CREATURES
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver Content (Troy oz): 5.000
Finish: antiqued, coloured.
Packaging: in display case and illustrated shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Product Code: 21M26AAA
Issue price: AU$ 658.00, US$ 448.08

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Silver Five Ounces 2021 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage488
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.900 mm
Thickness7.500 mm
Mass155.533 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-JXZD-OLMD
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