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Canada 2015 Diwali - Festival of Lights in Honor of Goddess Lakshmi 25 Cents 0.5 Gram .9999 Pure Gold Quarter Proof

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Cute, diminutive, and affordable pure gold! Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with this spectacularly engraved tribute by Indo-Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal, intricately rendered in pure gold on this truly affordable proof beauty!

Sold out at the Mint!Diwali is the most important holiday in India. It’s a New Year’s celebration that is also known as the “Festival of Lights,” celebrated by hundreds of millions of people every year. The notion of light triumphing over dark is incredibly symbolic, a theme so universal that it has inspired cultures around the world for millenia. But Diwali is more than a single flame; it fills homes, streets - and hearts! - with the light of goodness. Diwali revelers are an incredibly diverse ethno-cultural group. Hindu, Sikh, Jain…every faith has its own Diwali traditions and rituals, but the unifying thread is always a celebration of good triumphing over evil. This masterwork of fine art by Indo-Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal is meticulously engraved and intricately rendered in minute detail on this diminutive beauty. The gold is pure - four 9s pure (.9999), in fact. And it's affordable, so get yours today! Better yet, get one for yourself and several more to give as (most impressive, pure gold) gifts!

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Diwali_Dancers_Festival_Of_LightsA Stunning Design for the Diwali Celebration!
East and West come together in this stunning design by Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal that celebrates Diwali! The uplifting motif is inspired by the Ashoka Chakra (wheel of the law) that appears on the national flag of India. A maple leaf and diya (clay lamp) are key central elements that illustrate the blending of multiple cultures as Canada has become a home for Diwali celebrations. The flame in the middle reflects the essence of the Festival of Lights, its light radiating outwards like spokes on a wheel that are framed by a ring of maple leaves.

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Diwali - Festival of Lights
Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India; it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. Diwali preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

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Rangoli_Decorations_During_Diwali_Festival_of_LightsBefore Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers), typically to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

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Diwali also marks a major shopping period in India and other nations where it is celebrated. In terms of consumer purchases and economic activity, Diwali is the equivalent of Christmas in the west. It is traditionally a time when households purchase new clothing, home refurbishments, gifts, gold and other large purchases. The festival celebrates Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and investment, spending and purchases are considered auspicious. Diwali is a peak buying season for gold and jewelry in India. It is also a major sweets, candy and fireworks buying season. At retail level, about $800 million in U.S. Dollars (INR 5,000 crores) worth of firecrackers are expended in India over the Diwali season.

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting technology of the Royal Canadian Mint has brought us the world’s smallest pure gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Diwali 0.5 Gram Pure Gold Proof In BoxObverse
East and West come together in this stunning design by Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal that celebrates Diwali with elaborate patterns that typify Indian textiles, ornamentation and mandalas. There are no legends on the obverse, to preserve the beauty of the design.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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") also appears. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsHindu_Indian_Goddess_Lakshmi
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2015
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 0.5 g
Diameter 11.00 mm
Mintage Limit     10,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
   
Artist Sarindar Dhaliwal
Certificate Individually Numbered

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