Sep 252014

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.



  10 Responses to “Ancient Chinese mythical creatures come alive on stunning 5oz silver coin”

  1. The design is wrong. The designer has massed up the directions of the four mythical creatures. It is like putting the kangaroo on the right and the Emu on the left in the coat of arms.

  2. This is a beautiful coin, and the design is well-balanced. They did a good job with the aesthetic and did not go over the top of the colors. If the historical accuracy bothersome for some, I welcome them to think of it like Disney’s Hercules. It might not be ‘mythologically accurate’, but it sure is fun and still well worth it in the end.

  3. I remain unconvinced by these multicolored paint jobs and the unwanted tackiness they bring to an otherwise good design.

    • Hi F Santis

      The old adage “you either love ’em or you hate ’em” springs to mind but we’re finding that there are many fans of coloured coins for whom we are delighted to produce releases such as this.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

  4. Please advise has this coin sold out? It states “unavailable” – this is very confusing for those who want to purchase it. There is a high risk they will assume it is sold out and not return. If it is NOT actually sold out this means the mint loses a sale and (importantly) other investors are disadvantaged if it does not sell out because potential purchasers were turned away by the “unavailable” notice.

    Please advise
    1. is the coin sold out?
    2. if NOT – please revise the mint’s practice of stating “unavailable” – perhaps instead put “currently unavailable but coming soon” so that it is clear to potential purchasers they should return OR better still, allow a purchaser and back-order and simply let the customer know their delivery will be delayed.

    With thanks for considering my comments,

    • Hi Jodie

      Thanks very much for your enquiry. We are aware of the problems this causes and are working on a solution as part of our website re-vamp (unfortunately a long-tern project!)

      The good news – right now the 5oz Mythical Creatures coin is available again – but please hurry if you’re intending to buy!!

      Here’s some explanation of how the system works.

      SOLD OUT means that the Mint has manufactured the complete mintage of a particular coin and shipped it from our premises to retail and wholesale customers worldwide. We would never make or sell the coin again.

      UNAVAILABLE means that there is no stock currently available for the website, but the coin is not SOLD OUT under the above definition.

      Essentially, we split a coin’s limited mintage across various sales channels, including the website, our on-site Shop, the retail catalogue, as well as distributors worldwide. If sales go really well on the website then its allocation could be exhausted quicker than through the other channels.

      In certain circumstances we may be able to take the coin from channels with stock to spare and make it available on the web. There could be a return which would also enable us to add stock to the website. While either of these possibilities exist the coin in questions shows UNAVAILABLE.

      As you can probably gather it’s quite a complex process to manage and our advice is please do not rely on further stock being re-added to the website. If you are really keen on a coin that says UNAVAILABLE, give us a call to see if we can find another solution for you.

      Hope this helps,

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

      • Thanks for your reply and explanation of the problem. Until a long term solution presents it would still be useful if you could change it to “UNAVAILABLE – TRY AGAIN LATER”.


  5. I give up. I went over the picture of the Mythical Chinese Creatures coin for about 10 minutes and can’t find the “P” mint mark. Where is it hidden?


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