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$15 Fine Silver Hologram Coin – Maple of Longevity (2014)


The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Chinese Canadians with this beautifully intricate silver coin. The use of traditional symbolism in this Asian-inspired design conveys a blessing of longevity –one of the important life blessings in ancient Chinese beliefs– upon the coin’s owner.

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Maple of Longevity Hologram Coin

Canadian artist Simon Ng has artfully combined numerous Chinese symbols that traditionally depict “longevity” in the reverse image. At the centre, two cranes are viewed in profile as they stand with outstretched wings on a grassy mound. The revered birds are flanked by a pair of tortoises at the bottom left of the image, and two chrysanthemums – the flower of immortality – at the right. Stylized flowers that bloom throughout the seasons surround these symbolic elements, thereby extending this blessing for the entire year. The foremost crane’s outstretched wings and neck encircle a selective hologram of a maple leaf above it.

Special Features:
– This silver coin is the sixth in the Royal Canadian Mint’s renowned series of Asian-inspired coins that bear a hologram of a maple leaf. Unique selective hologram and captivating style make this an excellent addition to any collection.
– Made of 99.99% pure silver, the coin features multiple finishes that give added depth and precise detailing to the image.
– Mintage has been limited to 8,888 coins worldwide – a number that is symbolic since the number “8” is considered the luckiest of numbers in Chinese tradition.
– The people of ancient China believed that cranes, like turtles, could live for centuries; in reality, a crane’s average lifespan is about 25 years – that’s still a long time for a bird!

– Encapsulated and presented in a maroon flock-lined clamshell case
– Protected by a black beauty box and accompanied by a serialized certificate – your proof of ownership for this coin and evidence that your coin has been individually inspected by the Royal Canadian Mint’s resident quality assurance specialists.

Finished Size: 67 mm x 67 mm

– In Asian art and poetry, images of plants and animals are often used as symbols that represent different ideas and concepts. According to Chinese tradition, keeping some form of these images close by can bring you many blessings. If you are given a symbol that represents a long life, you have been given a “Blessing of Longevity.”
– Along with prosperity and good luck, longevity is considered one of the pillars of a perfect life and is represented by many different symbols.
– The people of ancient China believed that cranes, like turtles, could live for centuries; in reality, a crane’s average life span is about 25 years—that’s still a long time for a bird!
– The crane’s white feathers reflect the white hair and wisdom of old age, while its ability to fly symbolizes a person’s ability to rise above current circumstances.
– The “slow and steady” tortoise is another symbol that represents longevity. Long ago, tortoises were believed to live for 10,000 years! The tortoise is an important creature in Chinese mythology and also represents wisdom, time and the beginning of creation.
– Chrysanthemums are believed to be the flower of immortality. This beautiful blossom is also believed to possess many life-sustaining properties, and is often used in teas to promote a long and healthy life.
– Did you know that Canada’s national symbol, the maple leaf, also has a place in Chinese folklore? You’ll often find red autumn leaves paired with chrysanthemums, since both represent fall, harvest and abundance. The maple leaf also represents a person’s happiness in relation to where they live and work—a great new way to look at the Canadian flag!

Item Number: 130304
Face Value: $15
Mintage: 8,888
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39 (1oz)
Diameter (mm): 38
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Simon Ng (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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