Silver Five Ounces 2021 Fu, Lu and Shou, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2021 Fu, Lu and Shou, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2021 Fu, Lu and Shou

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:
Struck from 5oz of pure silver, this stunning example of The Perth Mint’s numismatic creativity celebrates Fu, Lu and Shou within a highly symbolic design featuring two of our most popular surface treatments.

In traditional Chinese culture, Fu, Lu and Shou represent the gods of three auspicious heavenly bodies. Collectively known as Sanxing, or Three Stars, their human forms embody attributes considered essential to personal happiness - prosperity, success and longevity.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage388
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2021 Fu, Lu and Shou - 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 Fu, Lu and Shou - reverse photo

The coin portrays the coloured images of Fu, Lu and Shou from Chinese mythology, surrounding a yin yang symbol.

Fu, the embodiment of prosperity, is represented as a learned man holding a baby. The artistry, including peonies, a symbol of wealth, is accompanied by the Chinese character for "Fu", .

Lu, the embodiment of success, is represented as a mandarin. The artistry, including a ruyi, his ceremonial sceptre, and a boat-shaped gold ingot known as a syce, is accompanied by the Chinese character for "Lu", 祿.

Shou, the embodiment of longevity, is shown as a wise old man with a high forehead. The artistry, including his crooked staff and the peach of immortality, is accompanied by the Chinese character for "Shou", .

The intricate background composition comprising many motifs auspicious in Chinese culture, including bats, clouds, gourds, deer and cranes, is ‘antiqued’ for the appearance of an ancient artefact.

Reverse Inscription 福 祿 壽
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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 Item ID: 21K09AAA
Issue price: AU$ 658.00, US$ 465.23

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Silver Five Ounces 2021 Fu, Lu and Shou: 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 Mintage388
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerNatasha Muhl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size55.900 mm
Thickness7.500 mm
Mass155.533 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-DGDL-ELMD
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