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Canada 2017 Dragon Boat Festival Chinese Lunar Zodiac $25 Ultra High Medallic Relief Pure Silver Proof with Color L05

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Celebrate the tradition of Dragon Boat Festival boat races with this extremely colorful pure silver coin, struck in ultra high, medallic relief with full proof finish!

Born on the rivers of China, dragon boat racing is at the heart of a 2,000-year-old cultural tradition that is steeped in folklore, and full of colorful pageantry. Ultra-high relief engraving brings the Chinese dragon to life on the reverse, which represents a stunning visual celebration of the annual Dragon Boat Festival celebrated worldwide - including various cities across North America! Fittingly for such a powerful mythological symbol, the Chinese dragon combines traditional artistic elements, show-stopping color and exquisite engraving!

This extraordinarily vibrant pure silver proof combines two technologies - full color and ultra high relief, that combine with a plain edge to give a medallic quality. Struck multiple times to provide unparalleled dimension and depth, the dragon’s carefully sculpted head appears to rise up from the coin’s surface and the turbulent waves! Like the ornately decorated dragon boats, the dragon on the coin is resplendent in a rainbow of hues!

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A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.An Original Work of Art
The design by Canadian artist Simon Ng offers an artistic tribute to the Dragon Boat Festival through the skillful fusion of ancient symbolism, traditional art elements and modern minting techniques. The lower portion of the coin is dominated by foam-tipped waves - truly an auspicious pattern that also adds a sense of motion to the design. In fact, curved lines are present throughout this water-themed design, including the dragon’s mane that evokes the sensation of wind and movement. Engraved in ultra-high relief for added depth and dimension, the serpentine spirit emerges from the water in a way that mimics the shape of a dragon boat, with its neck curved like a boat’s gunwale. The dragon’s features are resplendent in vibrant hues of red, gold, green and blue, culminating in the blue pearl held tightly in its jaw as a symbol of wisdom, and the active yang aspect of qi - the life force that surrounds us.

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Dragon Boat Racing Fun Facts
A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying.- The dragon is one of the most powerful creatures in Chinese mythology! It is said to control the rain, the seas and all waterways - a divine energy that also symbolized imperial power.
Dragon boat racing is believed to trace back to an ancient rite during a time of dragon worship, when participants appealed to the mythical spirit to ensure abundant rain for their crops.
 - Waves are an auspicious pattern: they are often painted on the body of the boat, which is traditionally made of teak wood.
 - While the drummer at the front helps to keep time, the sweep at the rear also plays a key role by acting as the rudder to control the direction of the boat and generally coaching the rowers or paddlers.
 - The Duanwu or Tuen Ng Festival is a traditional holiday in China.
 - While the tale of Qu Yuan is the most widely known explanation for the festival's origins, some regions of China associate it with other legends, including those of Wu Zixu and Cao E.
 - The first dragon boat race in Canada was held in July 1986, as a demonstration during Expo 86 in Vancouver, B.C.

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The fearsome Chinese Dragon in all its glory, by artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson.Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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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 nearly one troy ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
The design by Canadian artist Simon Ng offers an artistic tribute to the Dragon Boat Festival through the skillful fusion of ancient symbolism, traditional art elements and modern minting techniques. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse
A green Chinese or Oriental dragon chases its flaming pearl among the clouds while flying. 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.

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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 25 Dollars
Weight 30.76 g
Diameter 36.15 mm
Mintage Limit     6,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Simon Ng
Certificate Individually Numbered



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