Today sees the announcement of three exciting new releases celebrating Chinese themes.
The Chinese lion dance is a form of traditional dance dating back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE) in China. The dance is performed during Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural and religious festivals and is thought to bring good luck and fortune.
Incidentally, lions are not native to China; they were introduced via the Silk Road, sent to Chinese emperors as gifts in exchange for the right to trade with merchants.
The lion dance is performed to music made up of beating drums, cymbals and gongs. The dance and the accompanying music is said to fend off ghosts and evil spirits as they are afraid of loud noises.
Perfect for Chinese New Year celebrations, this coin features a coloured representation of the Chinese lion dance. A firecracker, two lanterns and the Chinese character for ‘prosperity’ are also included in the design.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, no more than 5,000 of these 2015 Chinese Lion Dance 1oz Silver Proof Coin will be issued, each housed in a special illustrated card displaying the coin’s reverse and obverse.
Anticipating good fortune during the Year of the Goat, this stunning set comprises two 1oz silver proof coins with designs symbolising wealth and wisdom.
The wealth coin’s reverse features the statue of a goat on a coloured background representing mounds of gold coins. The wisdom coin’s reverse depicts a wise goat standing before a coloured portrayal of a Tree of Wisdom. The setting sun is considered a symbol of knowledge and understanding that comes with age.
No more than 1,500 of these two-coin sets will be released, each housed in a display case with a lavishly illustrated shipper.
Also available from today is the 1oz high relief version from the Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Gold Proof Coin Series.
Struck from 99.99% pure gold, the spectacular release depicts an adult male goat standing on a ridge in a stylised mountain scene.
The coin’s stunning high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die.
No more than 388 of these magnificent coins will be released, each housed in an oval-shaped display case and illustrated shipper.