Silver Two Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Qi Lin and Unicorn, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Qi Lin and Unicorn, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Qi Lin and Unicorn

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 two-ounce format (abbreviated as 2 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.

This coin is part of a series dedicated to Chinese Mythical Creatures, and features the Qi Lin (qilin) and a Unicorn.

The mint says about it:
This fascinating design brings together the mythical qi lin, which signifies yin-yang harmony in ancient Chinese mythology, and the fabled unicorn from western folklore. While they have their origins in different cultural traditions, the two horse-like creatures have been revered for centuries, sharing intriguing likenesses in their appearance and otherworldly powers.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 1,000
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Qi Lin and Unicorn - 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: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 SILVER 2018 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS.

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

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2oz 9999 SILVER 2018 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Two Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Qi Lin and Unicorn - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts exquisitely detailed representations of a qi lin surrounded by a stylised representation of fire and water, and a western representation of a unicorn. The Chinese characters for ‘"qi lin" 麒麟, and the English word UNICORN are below left.

The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are on a wave of water below right. There is no mint mark.

The design is "rimless" - extends to the edge of the coin without a surrounding rim.

Reverse Inscription 麒麟 UNICORN
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 2.000
Finish: antique.
Packaging: in presentation case and illustrated shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 18D85AAA
Release price: AU$ 218.00, US$ 155.96

See also

Coins in the Chinese Myths and Legends series issued for Tuvalu include:
- 5 oz Silver Coloured, Dragons of Legend - Chinese Dragon, 2012
- 5 oz Silver Coloured, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2014
- 5 oz Silver, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2015
- 5 oz Silver Coloured, The Dragon and His Nine Sons, 2015
- 5 oz Silver, The Dragon and His Nine Sons, 2016
- 5 oz Silver Coloured, Koi Fish Jumps the Dragon Gate, 2016
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2016
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Dragon, 2017
- 5 oz Silver Antique, Dragon, 2018
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Phoenix, 2018
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Qi Lin and Unicorn, 2018
- 5 oz Silver Antique, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2019
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Dragon, 2019
- 5 oz Silver Antique, Dragon and Phoenix, 2019
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Double Dragon, 2019
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Dragon and Phoenix, 2019
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Guan Yu, 2020
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Dragon, 2020
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Fu, Lu and Shou, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Zhao Yun, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Yin Yang Koi, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Double Phoenix, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Dragon and Tiger, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, White Tiger, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Dragon, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Dragon and Qilin, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Fu, Lu and Shou, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Double Tiger, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Phoenix and Birds, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Coloured, Yin Yang Koi, 2024

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Silver Two Ounces 2018 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Qi Lin and Unicorn: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.5000 mm
Thickness6.000 mm
Mass62.2700 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-PRRL-OJYG
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