Perth Mint Releases 2016 Chinese Mythical Creatures High Relief Coin

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The Perth Mint has released the 2016 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures 1 oz. Silver Proof High Relief Coin, which is available for $98.19 AUD ($70.46 USD) and has a mintage limited to 5,000 pieces.

The coin is composed of 99.9% silver, with a diameter measuring 32.60 mm, and a thickness of 6 mm. Both the obverse and reverse of the coin feature slightly concave surfaces that help to increase the precision with which the piece is struck.

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The high relief reverse bears the images of four mythical creatures positioned around a ying-yang symbol, with the inscription CHINESE ANCIENT MYTHICAL CREATURES placed along the rim. A press release points out that each creature is a guardian of one of four “heavenly quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes.” The animals are each associated with a respective virtue, color, and element.

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The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 1 oz 999 SILVER, 2016, 1 DOLLAR, and TUVALU, the country of issue, inscribed along the rim of the coin.

The 2016 Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures 1 oz. Silver Proof High Relief Coin was designed by Ing Ing Jong and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For more information, please visit the Perth Mint’s Web site.

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