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Tuvalu 2017 Dragon Chasing Flaming Pearl of Wisdom Chinese Lunar Zodiac $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Rimless Antiqued Proof Piedfort P04 - MINTAGE 1000

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MINTAGE ONLY 1,000! Surprise, superb stealth release! This dramatic, special edition, 2 troy ounce pure silver beauty depicts the the mythical Dragon of legend chasing a flaming pearl of wisdom - in ultra high, medallic relief on this rimless, antique finish proof piedfort (double thick coin)!

Sold out at the Mint!Extremely Desirable! Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to announce a surprise stealth release, this Two Troy Ounce Antique Finish Piedfort special edition dragon! A dynamic mythical Dragon chases the flaming pearl of wisdom (inscribed with the Chinese character for "dragon") with his mouth open. There are no legends on the obverse, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Dragon vignette! This extraordinarily low mintage two troy ounce pure silver beauty (mintage only 1,000) will undoubtedly sell out, and quickly!

Investment Opportunity!This pure silver gem is struck in ultra high, medallic relief on an extra-thick planchet (it is a piedfort) with an antiqued proof finish. Between the extremely popular Chinese motifs (including both dragon and flaming pearl of wisdom tiger), beautiful design and limited mintage, heed our advice - stock up and get one (or more) of these stunning, 2 troy ounce, pure silver proofs while you can!

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A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.Excellent potential for appreciation! Because of the desirability of the dragon theme, the ultra high, rimless medallic relief format, and the two ounce antique finish, as well as the tiny mintage of just 1,000, a rapid sell-out at the Mint was predicted and has occurred!

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The Mythical Dragon and the Flaming Pearl
In Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a symbol of power, strength, wealth, and good fortune. The dragon is often portrayed chasing a luminous or flaming pearl. The flaming pearl is viewed as a metaphor for wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual essence. It is also said to rid a person of their troubles, bringing career success as well as good fortune, wealth and good health.

From an artistic perspective, dragons are frequently depicted in pursuit of the flaming pearl, which is represented as swirling through mist, smoke and shadows. The dragons are traditionally shown with their mouths open and their eyes wide, as they endeavor to catch the prized treasure, the pearl!

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The Dragon
A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying.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".

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.

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The fearsome Chinese Dragon in all its glory, by artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson. 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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Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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Investment Note
This pure silver coin features the most powerful and auspicious of all the animals in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac - the Dragon and the Tiger (the Phoenix and the Turtle aren't exactly chopped liver, either!). With its detailed and well-executed design, high relief, precious metal content, auspicious theme and extremely low mintage limit (only 1,000), we expect this gem to sell out quickly. Don't delay, get this beauty today!

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What is a Piedfort?
Double-thick Piedfort Bald Eagle $1 Coin Popular with collectors for more than a century, and always hard to find, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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Obverse
A dynamic mythical Dragon chases the flaming pearl of wisdom (inscribed with the Chines character for "dragon") with his mouth open. There are no legends on the obverse, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Dragon vignette!

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Reverse
The reverse features 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 QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear. The legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is housed 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
A green Chinese or Oriental dragon chases its flaming pearl among the clouds while flying.
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.27 g
Diameter 40.50 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.00 mm
Mintage Limit 1,000
   
Finish Antiqued with Ultra High Relief
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Ing Ing Jong (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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