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Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $250 1 Kilogram Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Proof GX

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Celebrate the most auspicious Year of the Dragon with this TRULY HUGE silver kilogram, featuring a dramatic and powerful dragon!

Sold out at the Mint! What a tremendous design! That's just the start of we can say about this huge silver beauty! The year 2012 is ruled by the most popular and auspicious of all the lunar zodiac signs - the ferocious Dragon! The Dragon personality is the ultimate doer; s/he tackles everything with fiery enthusiasm. The Dragon is extremely loyal to its loved ones and will come to the rescue every time. Despite long odds, forget about steering a Dragon away from a disastrous situation - duty calls! The Dragon may have a big ego and demanding ways, but s/he inspires everyone with whom Investment Opportunity!it comes into contact. It's charisma and magical character are too captivating to resist. This mighty, mythical beast is made all the more desirable on the huge tableau in full, frosted cameo proof finish- at more than 100 mm in diameter, it is a full 4 inches across!

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A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.The Year of the Dragon - Most Powerful and Auspicious!
Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month.

In 2012 we celebrate the Year of the Dragon. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Rabbit (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012) are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren't applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast! They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.

This is the third annual release in the Lunar Zodiac Lotus Proofs series from Canada!


The Dragon
The Oriental or Chinese concept of the dragon is much different than the European notion of this beast. Whereas in the West dragons are nearly always evil, fire breathing creatures of immense size and destructiveness, in the East they are beloved. Chinese dragons are benevolent, representing most auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang (male) and perfectly complements a yin (female) fenghuang, the mythical "Chinese phoenix".

A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying. The dragon is a mystical being, able to use an almost unlimited range of magical or supernatural powers. It is able to disguise itself as a silkworm, or become as large as our entire universe. It can fly among the clouds or hide in water. It can form clouds, turn into water or fire, become invisible or glow in the dark. It is interesting to note that the Oriental dragon's ability to fly is a magical (not a physical) ability; unlike European dragons, Chinese dragons are rarely if ever depicted with physical wings.

Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. Many pictures of oriental dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin. The pearl is associated with wealth, good luck, and prosperity. In Chinese culture, the pearl also symbolizes perfection, which is only obtained through the highest forms of wisdom. As such, the pearl is retained in the clutches of the dragon, who, like the emperor, reveals great "pearls of wisdom" as it bestows abundance and prosperity upon its people.

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Investment Note
If you're considering this Proof Silver Kilo as an investment, it's kind of hard to go wrong here:
    • All dragon collectors need this coin!
    • Tremendous size - 1000 grams (1 kilogram)!
    • The meticulous detailing and incredible design one expects from the artistic engravers at the Royal Canadian Mint!
    • Struck in ultra high, medallic relief, with tremendous depth of field for a dramatic and powerful scene!
    • The last two silver kilograms from the RCM (the 2010 Banff 1 Kilo and the 2011 Maple Forever 1 Kilo) disappeared quickly and are nearly impossible to locate in the aftermarket!
From a numismatic point of view - this mythic dragon will be the centerpiece of your collection!

This coin features the most powerful and auspicious of all the animals in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac - the Dragon. The dragon is always the most popular animal, and always sells out. Previous Year of the Dragon coins now sell for many multiples of their issue prices. Don't delay, tame your dragon today!

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Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon $250 Silver Kilogram in boxPurity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one kilogram silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A sensational rendering of a mythical Chinese dragon in a field of lotus blossoms, struck in ultra high, medallic relief. The Chinese character for "Dragon" appears to the above. There are no legends other than the country name CANADA on the obverse to detract from the power and the beauty of the dramatic design.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") the date of issue and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a silver satin brocade, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by an outer sleeve or box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsA green Chinese or Oriental dragon chases its flaming pearl among the clouds while flying.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 250 Dollars
Weight 1000.00 g
Diameter 101.60 mm (4 inches)
Mintage Limit      5,888
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Three Degrees Creative Group, Inc.
Certificate Individually Numbered

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