Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures Featured on 2016 1 Oz Silver Coin

by on November 4, 2015 · 0 comments

Ancient mythical creatures appear on a new high relief silver coin now available from the Perth Mint of Australia.

Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

Produced to proof quality in one ounce of 99.9% pure silver, the 2016-dated coin depicts the white tiger, black tortoise, azure dragon and vermilion bird. The four creatures are in the coin’s four quadrants around a centered yingyang symbol.

"According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes," the Perth Mint describes. "These heavenly quadrants were known as the ‘Four Celestial Palaces’, with each palace represented by a guardian animal with a corresponding colour, element, and virtue."

The reverse, designed by Ing Ing Jong, includes the inscription CHINESE ANCIENT MYTHICAL CREATURES.

Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin, Obverse

The reverse or tails side of the high relief coin

This coin is legal tender of the island nation of Tuvalu and bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth on its obverse. Inscriptions around the portrait are QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 1 DOLLAR, TUVALA, 2015 and 1 OZ 999 SILVER.

Specifications for the coin is as follows:

Coin Specifications

Silver Content (Troy oz) 1
Monetary Denomination (TVD) 1
Fineness (% purity) 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135
Maximum Diameter (mm) 32.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 6.00
Maximum Mintage 5,000
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Ing Ing Jong



Priced at AUS $98.19, or about US $70, the high relief coin is available from the Perth Mint at An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right here.

Each coin ships in a black presentation case within an illustrated shipper, and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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