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Tuvalu 2018 Ancient Chinese Mythical Creatures #3 - Unicorn and Qi Lin $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Antiqued Medallic Rimless Proof Antique Finish Piedfort P04 - MINTAGE 1000

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MINTAGE ONLY 1,000! Get the one-horned Unicorn, depicted with its Eastern relative the Qi Lin, before it sells out and the price skyrockets! This dramatic, special edition, 2 troy ounce pure silver beauty depicts both mythical beasts 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 third in the Mythical Creatures Two Troy Ounce Antique Finish Piedfort series, the legendary Unicorn! A dynamic mythical unicorn hangs out with its relative from the Far East, the legendary Qi Lin, both surrounded by the elements fire and water. The legend UNICORN and the Chinese characters QI LIN are both indicated. This extraordinarily low mintage two troy ounce pure silver beauty (mintage only 1,000) will undoubtedly sell quickly, so don't miss out, get yours today!

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 unicorn 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!

East Meets West - Two Versions of the Unicorn
In ancient Chinese culture the appearance of the legendary Qi Lin was believed to coincide with the imminent birth or death of a great leader. The creature’s name is a combination of the two characters - qi (male) and lin (female) - and was therefore considered to signify yin-yang harmony.

The qi lin was portrayed with an equine body covered with the scales of a fish and either antlers or a single horn – the latter responsible for it being referred to as the the "Chinese unicorn." It was often depicted surrounded by fire while also reputed to be able to walk on water. While the qi lin may look terrifying, it had such a benevolent nature that it never walked on grass or ate living vegetation.

Similarly, the horse-like unicorn, with a single horn projecting from its forehead, has been portrayed since antiquity - including by the Indus Valley Civilization more than 4,500 years ago! Derived from the Latin terms uni (single) and cornus (horn), the unicorn was illustrated in Celtic, Medieval and Renaissance European art as a creature of purity and grace. In modern times the fabled creatures are believed by some to have mystical healing powers.

Even though the origins of these auspicious creatures in ancient Eastern and Western folklore are unclear, each lives on in contemporary visual arts, literature and popular culture. The unicorn also represents Scotland in the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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The Magical, Mythical Unicorn
The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard and cloven hooves. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important Mythical Creature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias of the time its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.

The horn of the unicorn, and the substance of which it was made, is called alicorn. It was believed that the horn holds magical and medicinal properties. The Danish physician Ole Worm determined in 1638 that the alleged alicorns were the tusks of narwhals. Such beliefs were examined wittily and at length in 1646 by Sir Thomas Browne in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica.

False alicorn powder, made from the tusks of narwhals or horns of various animals, was sold in Europe for medicinal purposes as late as 1741. Alicorn was thought to cure many diseases and have the ability to detect poisons, and many physicians would make "cures" and sell them. Cups were made from alicorn for kings and given as a gift; these were usually made of elephant or walrus ivory. Entire horns were very precious in the Middle Ages and were often really the tusks of narwhals.

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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 Qi Lin, as well as a unicorn for good measure! 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 unicorn hangs out with its relative from the Far East, the legendary Qi Lin, both surrounded by the elements fire and water. The legend UNICORN and the Chinese characters QI LIN are both indicated.

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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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