Under the auspicious influence of the Wood Dragon, 2024 brings the promise of progress and innovative ideas, for the Wood Dragon is quietly indomitable, creative and clever. New for 2024: Own a 99.99% pure silver version of the 2024 Lunar Year of the Dragon pure gold kilo coin. #### COIN HIGHLIGHTS A Lunar Year celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon (2024) with a Lunar Year fine silver kilo coin. Through its depiction of the Dragon holding a pearl, each coin carries a blessing of power, strength and good luck.Just 588 coins are available to collectors worldwide. It is a must-have for collectors with an eye for beauty and a love of craftsmanship. An impressively sized addition to your collection, this coin was designed to attract prosperity in 2024 and honour those born in the Year of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 and 2024.
The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. #### NEW FOR 2024: A FINE SILVER KILO COIN The Dragon is the most popular animal in the Chinese Zodiac, so for 2024, the RCM is introducing a 1 kg 99.99% pure silver version of the gold kilo coin, the most prestigious piece in their Lunar New Year collection. Years of the Dragon: According to the Chinese Zodiac, you're a Dragon if you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 or 2024. Already the most auspicious animal sign, Dragons can further boost their luck by sticking with the numbers 1, 6 and 7, or their lucky colours of gold, white and grey. Dragons are natural leaders and go-getters.
Courageous and intelligent, Dragons are not afraid of challenges and are willing to take risks. The Dragon itself has long been a revered symbol of Chinese culture; it represents power, excellence and good luck.Wood dragons are quiet, creative thinkers. In Chinese astrology, every year in the 12-year cycle is ruled by a different Zodiac sign and each creature is associated with one of the five elements, meaning the Wood Dragon is only celebrated once every 60 years.
While Dragons are known to be fierce, driven and loyal, the Wood element in 2024 tempers their fiery, energetic temperament. Wood Dragons are calmer and more introverted, creative and inquisitive-they'll dive into any problem, and they usually come up with an innovative idea or solution. The reverse design by artist Aries Cheung features a highly detailed depiction of the Chinese Zodiac's most powerful animal sign, the Dragon, amid auspicious cherry blossoms and clouds.
Facing the viewer, the Dragon offers the blessing of its magical powers, as it clutches the Dragon Pearl or Fire Ball representing wisdom and bearing the Chinese character ("Dragon") in the Yan script calligraphy style. The reverse also includes the word "CANADA" and a face value of "250 DOLLARS". The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt with a repeating scallop pattern. 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.
#### 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.