2017 Dragon Boat Festival – Pure Silver Ultra-High Relief Coloured Silver Coin
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This beautiful Silver coin is dedicated to the famous Chinese Dragon boat racing and depicts the head of the Dragon, that is set on the extremity of the boat. The coin has an amazing Ultra-High Relief, has a wonderful coloration, has a Proof quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 6.000 pcs worldwide.
Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and Chinese folklore. The dragons have many animal-like forms such as turtles, fish, and imaginary, but they are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. With this, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. In Chinese daily language, excellent and outstanding people are compared to a dragon, while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, disesteemed creatures, such as a worm. A number of Chinese proverbs and idioms feature references to a dragon, such as “Hoping one’s son will become a dragon”.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Simon Ng offers an artistic tribute to Dragon Boat Festival through the skilful fusion of ancient symbolism, traditional art elements and modern minting techniques. The lower portion of the coin is dominated by foam-tipped waves—an auspicious pattern that also adds a sense of motion to the design. In fact, curved lines are present throughout this water-themed design, including the Dragon’s mane that evokes the sensation of wind and movement. Engraved in ultra-high relief for added depth and dimension, the serpentine spirit emerges from the water in a way that mimics the shape of a Dragon boat, with its neck curved like a boat’s gunwale. The Dragon’s features are resplendent in colourful hues of red, gold, green and blue, culminating in the blue pearl held tight in its jaw as a symbol of wisdom, and the active yang aspect of qi—the life force that surrounds us. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “CANADA” – the issue country, “25 DOLLARS” – the face value and “2017” – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen and “D · G REGINA” – Dei Gratia Regina.