5 oz 2023 Heavenly Dragon Silver Coin | Royal Canadian Mint
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May the Heavenly Dragon safeguard every place you call home.
A benevolent figure in Chinese mythology, Tianlong is the Heavenly Dragon—the divine long (dragon) of the skies—who guards the celestial dwellings of the gods. The powerful protector is a symbol of abundance, good fortune and prosperity, and these universally desired blessings are represented on this 5 oz. 99.99% pure silver coin, which features luxurious touches of gold plating that light up your view of Tianlong among the clouds.
The Heavenly Dragon carries blessings and protection for every place you call home.
- The tradition continues. A revered cultural symbol, the dragon is the most powerful creature in Chinese mythology—it’s also one of the most popular themes among collectors. This coin continues the tradition of showcasing art motifs, symbols and legends that are a cherished part of Chinese-Canadian culture.
- Start the new year right. The Royal Canadian Mint's 2023 Dragon coins feature the Heavenly Dragon, who protects the heavens and guards the celestial palaces of the gods. The intricately engraved portrait on the coin’s reverse represents blessings of abundance, good fortune and prosperity in 2023.
- Rare and in high demand. Previous dragon coins all sold out quickly! Mintage is limited to just 2,088 coins worldwide, so don’t miss your chance to own this limited-edition collectible—order today!
- Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
SILVER AND GOLD
Gold is the traditional colour of prosperity and good fortune, and on this 99.99% pure silver coin, the gold-plated design elements add an extra touch of luxury and an auspicious gleam.
THE DRAGON'S PEARL
The dragon’s precious pearl is a symbol of power, infinite wisdom and spiritual energy, and a golden pearl—like the gold-plated one depicted on the coin’s reverse—is traditionally believed to bring prosperity and good fortune.
Red is the colour of luck and good fortune, and the coin comes beautifully packaged in an elegant, red lacquered wood case with a red outer box.
DID YOU KNOW?
- A golden dragon is traditionally a symbol of strength, power and wealth, and on the coin’s reverse, Tianlong is depicted with a pearl in its mouth—a popular Chinese motif since ancient times. Pearls continue to be associated with wisdom and wealth, spiritual energy (often in connection with the moon) and enlightenment.
DESIGN & ARTIST
Designed by Simon Ng, the coin’s reverse features a selectively gold-plated depiction of Tianlong, the benevolent Heavenly Dragon of Chinese mythology and the protector of celestial dwellings. With its feathered tail coiling gracefully behind it, Tianlong flits among the swirly clouds and holds a pearl in its mouth. The selectively gold-plated obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.
The Heavenly Dragon’s head—the focal point of this design—and its mane were created using complex shapes and forms. While the rest of the dragon’s body swirls around the head, the actual rendering extended beyond the edge of the coin to further emphasize the Heavenly Dragon’s enormous power and size. Notice the rosette-shaped clouds appearing as part of the mane, and also in the foreground and background: they’re featured throughout the design to underline the significance of the celestial dragon. SIMON NG, Artist
Each coin is housed in a red lacquered wood case and packaged in a red outer box, evoking the Chinese New Year "red envelope" tradition of bestowing a wish for luck and good fortune.
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT
The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.
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