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. 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. These four mythical creatures include the white tiger, the blue dragon, the black tortoise and the red phoenix.
See how this stunning 5oz silver coin was struck, gilded and coloured at The Perth Mint.
Illustrating the historic legend, this dramatic coin portrays the four Chinese ancient mythical creatures in vibrant colour, with a ‘yinyang’ symbol gilded in 24-carat gold at the centre of the design.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.9% pure silver and meticulously finished in superb quality, just 1,000 of the Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures Silver Proof Coloured Coins will be released.