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Canada 2017 Lion Dance Chinese Lunar Zodiac New Year Spring Festival $8 Pure Silver Matte Proof L03

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Celebrate the traditional Lion Dance for the Chinese Lunar Zodiac New Year and Spring Feistaval in 2017 - the Year of the Rooster - with this extremely affordable, pure silver Canadian legal tender $8 (lucky eight!) matte proof!

The Lion Dance is a traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honor special guests by the Chinese communities. Versions of the lion dance are also found in Japan, Korea, Tibet and Vietnam. This one quarter troy ounce pure silver matte proof boasts a legal tender denomination of 8 dollars (lucky eight!), a strict mintage limit and, perhaps best of all, an extremely low price point! Grab this lion while you still can!

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A Chinese lion dance with dancers in costume celebrate happiness and the Chinese Lunar Zodiac New Year.The dramatic and energizing design by Canadian artist Simon Ng features a traditional Chinese lion with one of the two dancers visible as he holds up the lion’s head. The dancer’s curved body, the position of his feet, and the lion’s bowed head convey a sense of movement while the lanterns and streamers enhance the festive tone of the image. The lion’s large, dragon-inspired head and beard, its ornately detailed face, and its deeply layered body reveal the remarkable craftsmanship required to create a lion costume, and the physicality needed to bring it to life through dance.

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The Lion Dance
The traditional lion dance is an energetic, colorful expression of joy and happiness. It is an ancient custom that still figures prominently during Chinese New Year celebrations or any joyous ceremony such as the opening of a new business or building, or during planting and harvesting seasons.

A lion dance would not be complete without firecrackers to usher out the old and bring in the new, and enhance the lion’s roar to chase away evil spirits and enliven the celebration and good fortune. Let the good times roll!

A Chinese lion dance with dancers in costume celebrate happiness and the Chinese Lunar Zodiac New Year. The Chinese lion dance is often mistakenly referred to as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is normally operated by two dancers, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers' faces are only seen occasionally, since they are inside the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers' faces can be easily seen since the dragon is held on poles. Chinese lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts.

There are two main forms of the Chinese lion dance, the Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. Both forms are commonly found in China, but around the world especially in South East Asia, the Southern Lion predominates as it was spread by the Chinese diaspora communities who are historically mostly of Southern Chinese origin. Versions of the lion dance are also found in Japan, Korea, Tibet and Vietnam. Another form of lion dance exists in Indonesian culture, but this is of a different tradition and may be referred to as Singa Barong.

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Purity 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 quarter troy ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2017 Lion Dance in boxObverse
The dramatic and energizing design by Canadian artist Harvey Chan features a traditional Chinese dragon, its long, serpentine body disappearing into the far distance. The dragon’s undulating form conveys the dynamic energy of the dance as numerous people with poles move its body above their heads. Above the dragon, tiny bursts of fireworks add a festive tone to the scene. The traditional Chinese dragon’s face is reminiscent of a horse, but it also has a beard, whiskers, fangs, horns and scales. The dragon holds the mystical “pearl of wisdom” is its mouth. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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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.

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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.

SpecificationsChinese lions or foo dogs are always found in pairs, one male (with the world or globe) and one female (with cubs).
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 8 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit     30,000
   
Finish Matte Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Simon Ng
Certificate Individually Numbered

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