Composition - 99.99% pure gold. Weight (g) 3.14 (one-tenth troy ounce). Certificate serialized (serial numbers will vary). Face value - 5 dollars (a legal tender Canadian coin).Artist - Susanna Blunt (obverse). Blessings are an integral element of Chinese culture.
In offering them with a coin, medal, or other traditional method of well-wishing, the giver expresses to the recipient a wish or hope for their future happiness. Written and spoken Chinese lends itself particularly well to symbolism and double meaning. Through the graphic symbols of the written language and the overlap of similar-sounding words, the culture has evolved a tradition of employing letters, sounds, and images to convey robust messages with amplified meaning. These messages are readily understood within Chinese and Chinese Canadian culture. This coin features a beautifully colored and engraved design conferring upon its owner blessings of happiness, success, long life, joy, and good fortune.
This proof-quality 1/10-ounce coin of 99.99% pure gold features a beautifully engraved design conferring upon its owner blessings of happiness, success, long life, joy, and good fortune. A very limited mintage of only 2,000 means that this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors for decades to come. Makes a thoughtful gift or fine collectible. This coin features a series of symbolic images representing the traditional Five Blessings of Chinese culture.In a polished crescent on the left side of the coin appear five animals that traditionally connote blessings. These include a bat for happiness, a deer for career success, a crane for long life, and two magpies for joy.
The right side of the coin is richly decorated with circular imagery overlaid with the Chinese symbol used to offer a wish for good fortune. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clam-shell with a black beauty box. The character for "good fortune" is not a formal or spoken word, but rather an ideogram used in some regions to convey a wish or hope for good fortune.
The number "5" is considered to be of imperial significance and auspicious in Chinese tradition because of the central position of the 9 single digit numbers. "5" is usually used as the number for repeated designs or decorations used in the imperial court of China.
The concept of "prospects" and the word for bat (fu) are homophones in spoken Chinese. The bat has thus become a well-known symbol for good prospects. The notion of success, particularly emolument or success related to ones salary, is homophonic with the word for deer in spoken Chinese (lu). The deer is thus used to connote the qualities of endurance, longevity, and grace that provide one with a positive position in life. The crane has long been associated with the notion of longevity in Chinese tradition.
In art and literature, it is often portrayed in the presence of elders and gods and its white feathers recall the white hair of old age. As a long-lived bird with high status in Chinese imperial tradition, it is an ideal symbol for longevity. The word for "joy" xi is the first sound in the word for "magpie" (xi que), making the magpie a symbol associated with luck and happiness. When two magpies are portrayed facing one another, as on this coin, the recipients happiness is doubled.
Are also available for an additional charge. All of the coins offered in this listing are unsearched. Many coin dealers search all coins when they are received from the Mint.They "cherry-pick" the best coins. Then submit them to be graded, certified, and slabbed by PCGS, NGC, ANACS, etc. When a dealer searches coins, those that they sell in original Mint packaging are only lesser quality coins. Photos: When a listing offers multiples of the same coin, one coin is picked at random and photographed. Since all coins offered in that listing are essentially identical, the coin photographed is representative of all coins offered.
Surface areas that appear black on some proof coin photos are actually highly polished, mirror-bright metal reflecting the color of the camera. We often include proof coin photos with the coin slightly tilted to better depict the mirror bright surfaces. However, tilting the coin may resulting one side being slightly out of focus.
Whenever possible, we use actual photos of our coins, rather than just stock artwork from the Mint. We frequently update and upgrade the photos that appear with our listings, using improved cameras and lenses and better lighting. We will honor your requests for additional photos as quickly as our schedule permits.The item "2014 $5 Five Blessings, Chinese Symbol of Wish Good Fortune 1/10 oz Pure Gold" is in sale since Saturday, August 23, 2014. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative". The seller is "okranchlandandcattlecompany" and is located in Lewisville, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.