Composition: 99.999% pure gold. Artists: Charles Vinh (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse). The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Chinese Canadians with this beautifully intricate gold coin. The use of traditional symbolism in this Asian-inspired design conveys a blessing of longevity - one of the important life blessings in ancient Chinese beliefs - upon the coin's owner.
In Asian art and poetry, images of plants and animals are often used as symbols that represent different ideas and concepts. According to Chinese tradition, keeping some form of these images close by can bring you many blessings. If you are given a symbol that represents a long life, you have been given a Blessing of Longevity.Along with prosperity and good luck, longevity is considered one of the pillars of a perfect life and is represented by many different symbols. The people of ancient China believed that cranes, like turtles, could live for centuries; in reality, a crane's average life span is about 25 years - that's still a long time for a bird! The crane's white feathers reflect the white hair and wisdom of old age, while its ability to fly symbolizes a person's ability to rise above current circumstances. This coin is the sixth in the renowned series of Asian-inspired coins, and features a unique lotus-shaped scalloped edge. Made of 99.999% pure gold coin, the highest purity of any gold coins, and unique to the Royal Canadian Mint. Very low mintage of only 888 coins - a number that is symbolic since the number "8" is considered the luckiest of numbers in Chinese tradition. This coin is a beautiful and thoughtful gift that confers on its owner a sincere blessing of longevity. Design: Designed by Canadian artist Charles Vinh, the coin is reminiscent of traditional Chinese paper-cuts and centers on two cranes as they stand poised on a pine tree branch.
A side profile of these revered birds perfectly showcase the sharp contrast between their white primary feathers and their black neck, as well as the darker wing and tail feathers that flow down behind them. The pair is turned towards the left, which features the Chinese symbol for longevity. " The pine tree that fills the lower and top portion of the image field further strengthens the image's message, which bestows upon the owner a blessing "to live as long as the pine and crane. The coin is beautifully presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell case, lined with black flocking. The case is protected by a black beauty box.
" Unsearched" - All of the coins offered in this listing are "unsearched". Many coin dealers "search" all coins when they are received from the Mint. They "cherry-pick" the best coins.Then submit them to be graded, certified, and slabbed by PCGS, NGC, ANACS, etc. When a dealer searches coins, those that they sell in original Mint packaging are only lesser quality coins.
Photos: When a listing offers multiples of the same coin, one coin is picked at random and photographed. Since all coins offered in that listing are essentially identical, the coin photographed is representative of all coins offered. Surface areas that appear black on some proof coin photos are actually highly polished, mirror-bright metal reflecting the color of the camera. We often include proof coin photos with the coin slightly tilted to better depict the mirror bright surfaces.
However, tilting the coin may result in one side being slightly out of focus. Please review all of the photos provided to obtain the best understanding of the coin's actual appearance. Whenever possible, we use actual photos of our coins, rather than just stock artwork from the Mint. We frequently update and upgrade the photos that appear with our listings, using improved cameras and lenses and better lighting.
We will honor your requests for additional photos as quickly as our schedule permits. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Canada\Commemorative". The seller is "okranchlandandcattlecompany" and is located in this country: US.
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