the Year of the Tiger
with this 18-karat gold proof with an incredibly low mintage limit!
the fearsome carnivore that is the tiger, whether in nature or in a
zoological park, we mere humans can't help but be awestruck by the
size, strength, and elegance of this majestic creature. The tiger (Panthera tigris
is easily one of the most intriguing, most beautiful, and most
endangered great animals in the world. It is also one of the
two most auspicious animals on the Chinese lunar calendar (the other
being the Dragon
a feline made all
the more desirable by the Royal Canadian Mint's new round tiger
coin, dramatically rendered by Canadian-Chinese artist Aries Cheung in
precious, proof-finish gold!
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The Year of the Tiger
ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than
the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese
lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a
In 2010 we celebrate the Year of the Tiger. According to tradition,
people born during a Year of the Tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962,
1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010) are said to exhibit that
animal’s attributes. They are charismatic and fearsome, generous
but unpredictable. They are often noted for their enthusiasm in life,
and are unafraid of exploring new territory. They can also be
aggressive, especially when they perceive a threat or are cornered.
This is the first annual release in the Lunar
Zodiac Round Proofs series from Canada
This is an unexpected new Lunar Zodiac series from the Royal Canadian
Mint. We believe that this coin will prove to be an excellent
buy-and-hold, for the following reasons:
1) The design is stunning - powerful, beautiful and
dramatic, with a ferocious Oriental-style tiger, roaring as he surveys
his domain from his lookout on a hill, by Chinese Canadian artist Aries
2) The coin is struck in 18-karat gold (alloyed with silver),
with a very reasonable price for such a large gold coin!
3) Perhaps most importantly, the
mintage limit is
dramatically lower - only 2,500!
This is far lower than the
mintage of any other gold Lunar Zodiac Animal coin that the RCM has
This coin will sell out at the Mint!
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medals featuring animals!