Exquisite attention to design detail is the hallmark of the annual Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set, which now celebrates the Year of the Rooster.
Stunning colour depictions of the rooster on these coins are supported by intricate arrays of motifs aligned with the popular Chinese cultural themes of ‘wealth’ and ‘wisdom’.
Standing on top of a horde of coins, the brown and blue ‘wealth’ rooster is surrounded by representations of warriors from the famous Terracotta Army.
China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb surrounded by worldly treasures intended to ensure his place in the next world. In preparation, the Emperor commissioned an extraordinary army of model warriors, most standing over six feet tall, to guard over an extensive trove of gold, jewellery and other symbols of his wealth and power.
The white and blue ‘wisdom’ rooster is portrayed upon Chinese scholar’s rocks – from which intellectuals were said to draw inspiration and insights. Especially prized were stones weathered by natural processes, such as those sculpted by rivers and streams, which are symbolised through the design’s water garden setting.
Woven into the background is a pine tree, an auspicious Chinese motif representing longevity, determination, and in this case, the wisdom associated with age.
Extremely limited offering
With each coin struck from from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this absorbing set is a perfect keepsake for anyone born under the influence of the lunar rooster in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.
Affording its owners with a precious and extremely rare memento, no more than 1,500 of these sets will be released.