The Perth Mint, in conjunction with the island of Tuvalu, has released a 1-ounce silver coin honoring the Hindu “festival of light” called Diwali. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs not just in India but around the world, Diwali is a five-day festival in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of love and good fortune. Her symbol is gold, so, naturally, gold is the focus of the joyous gift-giving that takes place over the course of the festival.
To celebrate Diwali, Tuvalu and the Perth Mint have once again joined efforts, this time producing a 1-ounce, .9999 fine silver coin with a beautifully enameled reverse design. With a denomination of $1, the coin is legal tender in Tuvalu and is limited to a mintage of 5,000.
The reverse, designed by Jennifer McKenna, features the four-armed goddess Lakshmi seated within a white lotus flower. The lotus represents a range of desirable attributes, including birth, purity of mind, and spiritual perfection; Lakshmi is frequently depicted seated on a lotus. Her lower left hand is held palm outward, fingers pointing upward, in a symbolic position, or “mudra,” called “abhaya mudra,” which symbolizes protection and fearlessness. Her lower right hand is palm outward with the fingers pointing down, in the “varada mudra,” which signifies charity and compassion. With this hand she is also sprinkling gold coins onto a golden platter. In each of her other hands she holds a pink lotus flower—pink being the most divine color for the lotus and one that is associated with the gods.
Written in the field and divided by the figure of Lakshmi are the English words Happy Diwali, in a style inspired by Devanagari script. To the lower right of the field is the mintmark P.
On the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the circular legend 1 oz 9999 Ag 2017 TUVALU 1 DOLLAR, with QUEEN ELIZABETH II completing the circle at the top.
|$1||.9999 silver||31.107 g||40.6 mm||Brilliant Unc. with applied color||5,000|
The coin is housed in a floating frame (see below) for display, and enclosed in a colorful shipper with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Please visit the website of the Perth Mint for more information on this and other coins on offer. ❑