Lucky numbers play an important role in the lives of many Chinese people. The symbolic importance of certain numbers helps them select key dates such as weddings, and makes them highly desirable in house, telephone and registration numbers.
The number eight is regarded as the luckiest of all numbers in Chinese culture. Some will recall that the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing began at eight minutes and eight seconds past eight o’clock on the eight day of the eighth month in 2008.
This numerological belief can be explained by the fact that in Chinese the word ‘eight’ (Ba) sounds similar to ‘prosperity’ (Fa). The number also exhibits perfect symmetry, which is significant in Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophical system of harmonising with the environment.
Intent on introducing innovative coin concepts, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil quite possibly the most auspicious of all coins for anyone who regards eight as a symbol of good fortune and wealth.
Struck in the shape of the propitious number, the world-first coin was designed and produced entirely by the Mint’s skilled craftspeople who overcame many technical challenges in its development.
Comprising 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, the stunning result portrays two finely designed dragons – divine mythical creatures symbolising strength, wealth and good fortune – with an exclusive ‘antiqued’ finish.
To add even more significance to this stunning release, it is subject to a maximum mintage of just 8,888 coins.