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Tuvalu 2019 Dragon and Phoenix - Yin and Yang $2 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Antiqued Medallic Rimless Proof Antique Finish Piedfort P12 - MINTAGE 888

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MINTAGE ONLY 888! Get the Dragon and Phoenix before it sells out and the price skyrockets! This dramatic, special edition, 2 troy ounce pure silver beauty depicts the perfect yin and yang matches, the Dragon and Phoenix, in ultra high, medallic relief on this rimless, antique finish proof piedfort (double thick coin)!

Truly rare - mintage just 888! Sold out at the Mint in short order! Get yours today, don't miss out and don't delay!

Sold out at the Mint!In traditional Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine creature and potent symbol of power, strength, wealth and good fortune. The phoenix is likewise regarded auspiciously, as an immortal bird whose rare appearance is believed to foreshadow peace and harmony. In feng shui, the dragon and the phoenix are considered perfect matches for one another. The phoenix is considered "yin" while the dragon is "yang" in the Chinese philosophical account of natural balance and interdependence.

Investment Opportunity!There are no legends on the obverse of this 2 troy ounce pure silver gem, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Dragon and Phoenix vignette! This extraordinarily low mintage coin (mintage only 888) 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 888, a rapid sell-out at the Mint was predicted and has occurred!

Stunning Design and Finish!
The coin depicts exquisitely detailed representations of a dragon and a phoenix with clouds and mist in the background. The mythical creatures encircle the bagua, a motif incorporating Taoist trigrams, or symbols comprising three lines. Each trigram represents one of eight fundamental elements or concepts: heaven/sky, lake, fire, thunder, wind, water, mountain and earth. Within these is the yin/yang symbol denoting universal balance. The design includes The Perth Mint’s famous "P" mint mark. There are no legends on the obverse, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Dragon and Phoenix vignette!

In keeping with its ancient themes, the coin has been antiqued by hand to give it a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an aged artefact. As a result of this treatment, the appearance of each coin of the extremely limited mintage may vary. The Perth Mint will release no more than 888 of the Dragon and Phoenix 2019 2 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Antiqued Coins. This number (888) is considered extremely lucky as the Chinese word for "eight" sounds similar the Chinese character which means good fortune or money.

The Mythical Dragon and the Flaming Pearl
A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying. 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 fearsome Chinese Dragon in all its glory, by artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson.The Dragon
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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 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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The Mythical Phoenix
The Chinese Phoenix and Dragon as Yin and Yang. In Chinese culture the mythological phoenix is regarded as an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadows harmony 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.

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Investment Note
This pure silver coin features two of the most powerful and auspicious of all the animals in ancient Chinese mythology - the Dragon and the Phoenix! With its highly detailed and well-executed design, high relief, precious metal content, auspicious theme and extremely low mintage limit (only 888), 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
Please see above for description. There are no legends on the obverse, to further enhance beauty and heighten the drama of the Dragon and 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 2019
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.213 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   6.42 mm
Mintage Limit 888
   
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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