Chinese culture has no shortage of symbols of luck and good fortune. Bringing a number together in an ingenious pattern, the design on this colourful silver coin deserves further explanation.
The Chinese dragon is one of the best known and auspicious symbols in Chinese culture. A kindly and generous creature, it embodies the Emperor’s power and strength while being seen as lucky and good.
In this portrayal on our new Blessing 2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin, the dragon faces a stylised representation of a bat.
The bat is a ‘rebus’ – a picture that can be used to represent a word or part of a word because of its spoken sound. In this case, the Chinese word for bat is ‘fu’, which sounds identical to the Chinese for ‘good fortune’.
‘Fu’ has added significance as the name of the god of fortune and prosperity – one of three ‘Sanxing’ thought to date back to the Ming dynasty.
The bat hovers above an ancient Chinese coin, a potent symbol of wealth. These circular coins featured a square hole in the middle to reflect the Chinese view of the earth as a square and the heavens as a circle.
A pink peony, a flower widely used to represent wealth and honour, appears behind a gold boat-shaped ‘sycee’. Made in a variety of shapes, sycee ingots were acceptable as currency in imperial China. Today, sycees remain a symbol of wealth and prosperity and are commonly depicted during the Lunar New Year festivities.
In a nod towards parallel symbolism in western culture, the gold sycee is decorated with a four-leafed clover whose constituent parts are said to represent hope, faith, love and luck.
Collectively, all these elements are arranged in a way that reflects the outline of the Chinese character for ‘fu’ which appears on the coin’s presentation folder in Chinese calligraphy style.
Struck from 99.99% pure silver, this talismanic release is limited to maximum mintage of just 3,000 coins.