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Tuvalu 2018 Ancient Chinese Mythical Creatures #2 - Phoenix King of Birds $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Antiqued Medallic Rimless Proof Antique Finish Piedfort P01 - MINTAGE 1000

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MINTAGE ONLY 1,000! Get the Phoenix, the King of Birds, before it sells out and the price skyrockets! This dramatic, special edition, 2 troy ounce pure silver beauty depicts the the mythical Phoenix in ultra high, medallic relief on this rimless, antique finish proof piedfort (double thick coin)!

Truly rare - mintage just 1,000! Will sell out! Previous release in this series sells for $600+ - when it located at all! Get yours today, don't miss out and don't delay!

Investment Opportunity!Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to announce the second in the Mythical Creatures Two Troy Ounce Antique Finish Piedfort series, the legendary Phoenix! A dynamic mythical Phoenix guards its sacred flower (inscribed with the Chinese character for "phoenix") with its fabulous plumage on full display. There are no legends on the obverse, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Phoenix vignette! This extraordinarily low mintage two troy ounce pure silver beauty (mintage only 1,000) will undoubtedly sell out, and quickly!

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, 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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Superb potential for appreciation! Because of the desirability of the phoenix 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 Chinese Phoenix and Dragon as Yin and Yang.The Mythical Phoenix
In Chinese culture the mythological phoenix is regarded as an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadows armony at the ascent to the throne of a new emperor. Representing virtue and grace, the phoenix is said to be symbolic of yin and yang, and the image of this sacred bird is often seen at weddings and royal events alongside a dragon.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and the phoenix are considered perfect matches for one another. The phoenix is ‘yin’ while the dragon is ‘yang’ in the Chinese philosophical account of natural balance and interdependence.

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Eastern and Western Phoenix Legends!
In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity due to its resurrection motif.

The Mythical Creature of Chinese art known in English as the phoenix is referred to as the “king of birds” or “epitome of birds” in Chinese tradition. This exceptional creature, associated with royalty (especially Empresses) bears the highest rank among birds. Its physical form, as presented in Chinese art, is traditionally understood to be a composite of various birds. It has the head of a pheasant, the body of a duck, the legs of a crane, the wings of a swallow, the bill of a parrot, and the tail of a peacock. As a symbol, this magnificent creature represents beauty and good fortune. Because it is said to appear only in times of peace, the phoenix is also strongly associated with the notion of peace.

Associated with the element of fire and the direction south, the phoenix is one of the oldest animals portrayed in Chinese art and is found on decorative objects dating back thousands of years. The phoenix is considered one of the “supernatural spirits,” along with the dragon, tortoise, and unicorn, and is often paired in visual images with the dragon, which is “yin” to the phoenix’s “yang” nature - part of the common motif of paired opposites in Chinese visual tradition.

The Chinese character for phoenix, feng, is often used for the naming of people and objects whose namers wish to bestow upon them charm, balance, and peace, such as musical instruments and certain foods. It is also a popular character for the naming of girls.

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 one of the most powerful and auspicious of all the animals in ancient Chinese mythology - the Phoenix! With its highly 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! Previous coin in this series sold out in record time and now sells for $600+!

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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 Phoenix guards its sacred flower (inscribed with the Chinese character for "phoenix") with its fabulous plumage on full display. There are no legends on the obverse, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Phoenix 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 9999 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
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
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 .9999 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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  1. Very nice!!!

    Posted by Charles O. on 16th Jul 2018

    Another great coin from Talisman Coins!!

    Thanks Talisman!!