Pure Silver Coin - Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang - Mintage: 6,888 (2016)
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Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6,888 (2016)

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Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6,888 (2016)

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$98.88 CAD
Mintage: 6,888
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Canada and US only
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UNIQUE! A square-holed coin, our second to date! Order today!

A tapestry of ancient Chinese symbolism comes to life on this distinctly Chinese square-holed coin. Used to string coins together, the square hole also represented Earth. Above the square is the yin-yang symbol illustrating the dynamic and harmonious nature of all opposing forces. Here, that universal balance is represented by an epic battle between China's two great astrological figures: the Tiger (yin, earthly, real) and the Dragon (yang, ethereal, magical).

A beautiful, thoughtful gift, and a token of good fortune! Order your coin today!

Special features:
  • A SQUARE-HOLED COIN! Only our second holed coin since 2007, your coin is beautifully designed and engraved using traditional Chinese imagery and motifs on both sides.
  • UNIQUE OBVERSE! On the obverse side of your coin are two elaborately carved phoenixes—fittingly associated with the feminine, the Empress, and the Queen. The phoenixes flank each side of the central square hole, above which is the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The effigy is engraved within a smooth polished circle that is detailed on each side with stylized scrollwork, and this scrollwork is continued in elaborate detail on the bottom half.
  • FEATURES THE AUSPICIOUS NUMBER 8! Your coin prominently features the auspicious number 8—amplifying good luck for the year 2016, itself a multiple of this number of good fortune.
  • WORLDWIDE MINTAGE OF ONLY 6,888! Your coin is GST/HST exempt with a limited mintage worldwide of 6,888! A lucky piece, sure to be sought after!

Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Charles Vinh, your coin features the image of a tiger and a dragon locked in battle. At the centre of the coin is a square hole—a traditional motif used in Chinese minting to represent the Earth and the national landmass. Above the hole, the stylized yinyang symbol, created through the use of different finishes, underscores the coin's central theme. This symbol is surrounded by elemental flames. On the left side of the image, the Tiger, its back to the viewer and its face turned in profile to the Dragon on its right, crawls in typical defensive stance amid stylized scrollwork. On the right, the Dragon is presented in profile, facing the Tiger to its left. Its claws are raised and its scale-covered body coils to attack. The obverse design, also by Charles Vinh, features two elaborately carved phoenixes—fittingly associated with the feminine, the Empress, and the Queen. The phoenixes flank each side of the central square hole, above which is the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The effigy is engraved within a smooth polished circle that is detailed on each side with stylized scrollwork. This scrollwork is continued in elaborate detail on the bottom half of the obverse field.

The Dragon has long been a Chinese cultural motif and is found on artefacts dating back thousands of years. This mythical figure was often associated with the highest echelons of human power and became synonymous with the Emperor himself. As a totemic symbol, the Dragon is master of water in the many forms it takes in nature, from oceans, lakes, and rivers to water spouts, waterfalls, and water-based tornadoes. Dragons also held many legendary magical powers—invisibility and flight among them. Because they could fly, dragons were also associated with ascension, which may explain the creature's close affiliation with the role of Emperor.

In direct contrast with the ethereal, elusive magical dragon, the Tiger was a very real and present force for people who dwelled in the massive feline's natural habitat. Courageous, dignified, vastly intelligent and cunning, the Tiger was often depicted as a protector of human life, a figure who would bring strength and bravery to the average person. In this way, the battle between the Tiger and the Dragon may also represent the leavening of imperial power with the needs and will of the people. The Tiger is associated with the yin force, while the Dragon is a yang figure. Together, they represent a balanced whole.

Did you know...
  • Coins featuring central holes are part of an ancient minting tradition. In China, a round hole represents the notion of the Universe, while a square hole symbolizes the land or the Earth. In both China and Japan, people used these holes to string their coins together with twine for safekeeping. The Royal Canadian Mint launched its first coin featuring a hole through the centre in 2007. The 99.99% pure silver coin was themed The Shape of Trade in Ancient China, and quickly sold out. The 2007 coin was the only square-holed coin created by the Mint prior to this Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang coin.
  • In Chinese culture, numbers carry important symbolic meaning. The number 8 is considered the very luckiest. Part of its reputation lies in wordplay. The word for "8" is ba, and sounds very much like the word for "wealth": fa. Followers of this tradition will go out of their way to bring the number into their lives, through carefully selected dates, addresses, times, official numbers like licenses or safe deposit boxes, and more. To amplify the fortune associated with number eight, multiple eights are popular, such as the mintage for this coin of 6,888.
  • Yin and yang are the two elements of a dualistic worldview at the core of several Chinese philosophical traditions. Yinyang deals with the notion of balance and harmony among opposing forces, elements, tendencies, and characteristics. Though yin and yang are each associated with specific traits (feminine/masculine, hard/soft, heaven/earth) there is no hierarchy between them; rather, their ideal form is presented, such as in the traditional black and white pictogram, as a dynamic harmony.

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a standard beauty box.

Order your coin today!

Reviews

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Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016)
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Detailed (28)
  • Displays well (24)
  • Mint condition (24)
  • Authentic (21)
  • Rare (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hobby (22)
  • Adults (20)
  • Lifetime (16)
  • Memorabilia (14)
  • Older children (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Collector (25), Education oriented (10), Grandparent (9), Parent of two or more children (7), Stay at home parent (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (4)

Reviewed by 37 customers

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5.0

I love this coin so much I had to buy 4!

By Nuts 4 Coins

from Lethbridge, Alberta

About Me Collector, Education Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Absolutely stunning
  • Authentic
  • Detailed
  • Displays Well
  • Mint Condition
  • Rare

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adults
    • Hobby
    • Lifetime
    • Memorabilia
    • Older Children
    • Teens

    Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

    This fabulous coin is a sentimental favorite as it bears both my and my sister's Chinese signs. Even my mother had to buy a couple. My sister and I each wear one as a necklace as well as having the others placed around our homes.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    ying and yang

    By Pat

    from Victoria C

    About Me Education Oriented, Parent of Two or More Children

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Detailed
    • Displays Well
    • Mint Condition
    • Rare

    Cons

    • Nc

    Best Uses

    • Adults
    • Hobby

    Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

    A collectors item

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Collectible item

    By Emi

    from Ontario, Canada

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Authentic
    • Detailed
    • Displays Well
    • Mint Condition
    • Rare

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

        I used it as a pendant. It displays well with my other lucky charm pendants. I love it and don't leave without it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazig character

        By Rezeau

        from Ottawa

        About Me Parent of Two or More Children, Working Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Authentic
        • Detailed
        • Displays Well
        • Mint Condition

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Hobby
          • Lifetime
          • Memorabilia
          • Older Children
          • Teens

          Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

          Great size to see the details. It includss my Chinese Zodiac sign and my daughter's Chinese Zodiac sign and my lucky number :) What's more to like!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang

          By KiGa

          from Toronto

          About Me Stay at Home Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adults

            Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

            Collect

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By AAWong

            from Vancouver, B.C.

            About Me Collector, Grandparent, Parent of Two or More Children, Stay at Home Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Authentic
            • Detailed
            • Mint Condition

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Older Children

              Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

              It's great

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Unique Yin-Yang coin

              By Max

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Collector

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Detailed
              • Displays Well
              • Rare

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hobby
                • Memorabilia

                Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

                I plan to add to my collection

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A squaire hole and the two rivals balancing a Ming classic

                By Dr.Joe

                from Delta B.C. Canada

                About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Authentic
                • Detailed
                • Displays Well
                • Mint Condition
                • Rare

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

                    Rare presentation of Yin and Yang done meticulously.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great Coin!

                    By Bill

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent, Parent of Two or More Children, Stay at Home Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Authentic
                    • Detailed
                    • Displays Well
                    • Mint Condition

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

                        Very Nice Coin, Unique!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        Brings good fortune

                        By Brucejeff

                        from Edmonton, Alberta

                        About Me Collector, Education Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Authentic
                        • Detailed
                        • Displays Well
                        • Mint Condition
                        • Rare

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Adults
                          • Hobby

                          Comments about Pure Silver Coin – Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang – Mintage: 6888 (2016):

                          I plan to frame and display this coin in my office to bring good business fortune.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          • Q:

                            I just received my coin from a numismatic dealer in London, ON.
                            Because I thought it "looked small", I measured its diameter and it's not 36cm. Rather, it is very close to 35cm. I compared it to a similar-sized coin in my collection, last year's Silver Proof Canadian Flag, which is listed as 36.07cm, but which is just shy of 36cm.
                            The new coin looks as displayed on your website - as far as I can see - and came with all of RCM's packaging and certification. Should I be wary? Or, is "a standard" of some sort?
                            Asked on 6/16/2016 by William Worlde

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Hi William,
                              The coin's nominal diameter is 36.07 mm. We emphasize "nominal", as there may be some variance from time to time.

                              Answered on 6/17/2016 by Yudi (Product Team) from Ottawa
                          • Q:

                            What is the thickness of the coin in mm.
                            Asked on 6/12/2016 by Gary from Toronto

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Hi Gary,
                              The coin's nominal edge thickness is 2.85 mm.

                              Answered on 6/17/2016 by Yudi (Product Team) from Ottawa
                          • Q:

                            can we order online? it won't let me.
                            Asked on 6/11/2016 by KOK LIM from hamilton. ontario

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            Is the square hole punched or cut out of the coin after it is struck with the design or are the planchets "pre-holed" before they are struck?
                            Asked on 6/3/2016 by CommemCollector from USA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The blanks are "pre-holed" before they are struck with the design.

                              Answered on 6/7/2016 by Yudi (Product Team) from Ottawa
                          • Q:

                            I presume this coin complements the 2007 (square-hole) coin and not intended as a series? Will there be a third or subsequent issues of another square hole coin in the near future or do we have to wait until another 2025 for the "third" issue of a square-hole coin? I think this is a neat coin concept by the way. Thanks,.
                            Asked on 6/2/2016 by Gaze from Vancouver, BC

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Hi Gaze,

                              We're pleased that you like the Tiger and Dragon Yin and Yang coin. You're right; this coin complements the 2007 square-hole coin and not intended as a series. If it proves to be popular with coin collectors, we will likely follow up with a third coin in 2017.

                              Thank you.

                              Answered on 6/7/2016 by Yudi (Product Team) from Ottawa
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                          Specifications

                          • No.151873
                          • Mintage6,888
                          • Composition99.99% pure silver
                          • Finishproof
                          • Weight (g) 20.86
                          • Diameter (mm) 36
                          • Edgeserrated
                          • Certificateserialized
                          • Face value8 dollars
                          • ArtistCharles Vinh (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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