|Coin||Silver Two Ounces 2021 Chinese Mythical Creatures - Double Dragon and Phoenix|
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.
The Mint says about this coin:
In traditional Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine creature and potent symbol of power, wealth and good fortune. The phoenix is regarded as an immortal bird that appears in times of peace and prosperity. Also representing the Chinese emperor and empress, the dragon and phoenix’s appearance together symbolises wedded bliss.
Rich in Chinese cultural references, the coin’s highly symmetrical artistry employs twin dragon and phoenix motifs - in artistic terms doubling the strength of their auspicious influences. These mythical creatures surround the ancient Yin and Yang symbol (taijitu) embodying the feng shui concept that the universe is governed through the balance of opposing yet complementary principles. Also included in the design are stylised clouds, associated with rain and abundant harvests, as well as coloured peonies, flowers symbolising royalty, wealth and honour.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
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 2021 TUVALU 2 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: two troy ounces of 99.99% silver.
The coin’s highly symmetrical design portrays two partially coloured dragons and two phoenix birds circling the centre which represents the Yin Yang (or taijitu) symbol.
The designer's initials SR (for Sean Rogers) are on the tail of one of the phoenixes, to the right of the centre.
There is no inscription.
Silver content (Troy oz): 2.000
Finish: antique, coloured
Packaging: the coin is housed in a classic grey leatherette display case within a themed shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 21N93AAA
Issue price: AU$ 288.00
The Perth Mint's web site lists Natasha Muhl as designer, but the signature on the coin is that of Sean Rogers.
Coins in the Chinese Myths and Legends series issued for Tuvalu include:
- 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 Antique, Dragon, 2018
- 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
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Double Tiger, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Fu, Lu and Shou, 2023
- 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
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, White Tiger, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Chinese Dragon, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Dragon and Qilin, 2022