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Tuvalu 2016-P Year of the Monkey Chinese Lunar Zodiac - Good Fortune - Wealth & Wisdom 2-Coin $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Set with Color

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These two large Year of the Monkey proof silver dollars bring Good Fortune in the form of Wealth and Wisdom for 2016 (and the ridiculously low mintage limit of 1,500 doesn't hurt, either)!

The Perth Mint has done it again! Large, beautiful silver dollars in a dual display case, both featuring impressive color and struck in pure silver! The coins in this set comprise the Year of the Monkey Good Fortune issues, with dynamic, symbolic designs and meticulously fine engraving! (Please read more below about the symbolic design on each coin.) Best of all, the mintage is limited to only 1,500 complete sets worldwide! At our low, below-issue price, this set represents a tremendous value, and makes for an impressive gift (and/or a great investment!).

Investment Note - With a total mintage of only 1,500 sets, this spectacular silver dollar set may very well sell out at the Mint in record time, just like the 2013 Year of the Snake, 2014 Year of the Horse, and 2015 Year of the Goat Good Fortune Sets all did! Don't delay - these Wealth and Wisdom Monkey Silver Dollars will be sought after for years to come as the series progresses!

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Two Unique, Low-Mintage Silver Dollars Symbolizing the Good Fortunes of Wealth & Wisdom!Two Coin Monkey Good Fortune - Wealth & Wisdom Set

Two Different, Symbolic Designs!
Each of the two different Monkey silver dollars features a meticulously engraved Grecian key border, a symbol of good luck and good fortune, around the outside edge of the coin. The wealth coin’s design depicts a representation of a vital young monkey dressed in a silk waistcoat and sitting on a treasure chest, in front of a palace, signifying wealth and prosperity. The inscriptions WEALTH and 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY are indicated, along with The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mintmark.

The wisdom coin’s design depicts an older monkey sitting in a tree on the banks of a waterfall, beside a temple, signifying age and wisdom. The inscriptions WISDOM and 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY are indicated, along with The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mintmark.

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A grumpy capuchin monkey defends his leafy bower in the tree branches!The Year of the Monkey - Clever and Ingenious!
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.

Those born in the years 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016 celebrate the Year of the Monkey. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Monkey are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. They are clever - they can be inventors, entertainers, anything generally creative and ingenious, and can be somewhat mischievous (although not spiteful). They are also considered great socializers, being very charming and persuasive.

The Monkey is traditionally depicted in Chinese mythology with a peach. Why would this be so? The monkey is clever, and so he offers the peach fruit to ward off evil spirits and appease the ghosts of his forebears - thereby guaranteeing the protection of his ancestors and bringing him good fortune and luck!

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A squirrel monkey appears to be contemplating or even counting his toes on a tree branch!Monkeys are known for their intelligence and social ability, though they can be mischievous as well. Who doesn't love to go to the zoo and watch the primates play - although sometimes it's not perfectly clear whether we're watching the monkeys or they're watching us! Who can forget Bubbles the Chimp, whom Michael Jackson befriended. Bubbles must have been a particularly smart monkey, because Wacko Jacko claimed that Bubbles cleaned up his bedroom! Now that's one clever simian! (Okay, chimpanzees are apes, and therefore technically not monkeys, but you get the point!) To quote the Rolling Stones in the song called (what else?) "Monkey Man", "I'm a monkey!"

The year 2016 is ruled by one of the most popular and auspicious of all the lunar zodiac signs - the ingenious monkey, the Chinese lunar zodiac animal that most closely resembles humankind. The Monkey personality is supremely intelligent and charismatic, with boundless agility. He is highly social; the ultimate inventor, motivator and schemer. Even when you realize the Monkey has tricked you, your fondness and admiration for him will keep you from blowing your top. The Monkey is witty and charming; he will win your heart and keep it forever! The most intelligent sign in the Chinese lunar zodiac, those born in the Year of the Monkey are friendly and charming, and are able to use their brains instead of brawn to master a situation.

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Technology Note - Color
The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Obverses
Please see the descriptions of each obverse in the listing above. The legend 2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY as well as either WEALTH or WISDOM denotes the theme. The Perth Mint's "P" mint mark also occurs.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coins are encapsulated inside a handsome taupe leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications

Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2016
   
Face Value 2 Dollars (2 x One Dollar)
Weight 62.270 g (2 x 31.135 g)
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    1,500 sets
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
   
Artist Tom Vaughan (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.


The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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