The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese iconography. Ancient myths and legends portray the dragon as a benevolent creature that brought rain to help the Chinese people grow crops. As the embodiment of the Chinese emperor, it continues to be revered as a powerful symbol of good fortune.
Said to be the dragon’s favourite possession, the pearl was endowed with mystical powers that could grant people their wishes. For example, it was thought that a pearl could swell or multiply anything it came into contact with. In one legend it helped a farmer expand his crop yield.
Because of their milky radiance, pearls were also seen as symbolic of the moon.
The combination of dragons and pearls has been depicted in Chinese painting, fabrics, ceramics and architectural friezes from at least the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), a golden age in Chinese art and literature. A frequent theme in such works portrayed celestial dragons eagerly competing with one another in pursuit of a pearl. As it was caught and slowly devoured by the victorious dragon, the pearl was said to represent the waning moon. In the reverse process, the dragon gradually disgorged the pearl to symbolise the waxing moon.
If you’re fascinated by Chinese symbolism and mysticism this remarkable new coin will have special appeal. Like our popular 2016 Ying Yang release, it’s a highly innovative creation in which our skilled minters have incorporated a revolving charm.
Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver with an antiqued finish, the coin portrays two Chinese dragons encircling a pearl-like bead. Bisected by a pin on which it rotates, the bead has a lustrous, milky appearance in-keeping with the pearl’s lunar associations.
Only 3,000 of these Dragon and Pearl coins, each housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, will be released on behalf of collectors.