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Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $10 1/2 Ounce Pure Silver Specimen Finish

Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $10 1/2 Ounce Pure Silver Specimen Finish

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 03658
Price: $49.95 $39.95
List Price: $59.95 - Savings: $20.00
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A true bargain! One-half ounce of the purest silver in the world! Affordable precious metal with the mighty and auspicious Dragon theme, a mintage limit, high face value, and a one-year-only design - what's not to love?!

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A true bargain! Thanks to the Royal Canadian Mint, we can bring you this limited-mintage, pure silver Dragon coin, with a full $10 denomination, inside a handsome, red and gold foil envelope. (Just like with the traditional red envelope used for Chinese New Year, this is a perfect gift giving opportunity for the Year of the Dragon!) Better yet, we can offer it for under $40 (for now) - with no order limit (again, for now)! After the near-instantaneous sellouts of other Year of the Dragon coins, the Mint has seen fit to make this beautiful, one-year-only Dragon design affordable for collectors everywhere!

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Celebrate the most auspicious Year of the Dragon with this mightily dramatic, pure silver coin!
A green Chinese or Oriental dragon chases its flaming pearl among the clouds while flying.The year 2012 is ruled by the most popular and auspicious of all the lunar zodiac signs - the ferocious Dragon! The Dragon personality is the ultimate doer; s/he tackles everything with fiery enthusiasm. The Dragon is extremely loyal to its loved ones and will come to the rescue every time. Despite long odds, forget about steering a Dragon away from a disastrous situation - duty calls! The Dragon may have a big ego and demanding ways, but s/he inspires everyone with whom it comes into contact. It's charisma and magical character are too captivating to resist. This mighty, mythical beast is made all the more desirable by the Royal Canadian Mint's new dragon pure silver coin, dramatically rendered by the fine engravers at the Mint in precious silver!

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It Simply Adds Up
Do the math:

Dragon Theme + High Face Value + Significant Precious Metal Content + Low Price + Mintage Limit = No-Risk Winner

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A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.The Year of the Dragon - Most Powerful and Auspicious!
Centuries 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 month.

In 2012 we celebrate the Year of the Dragon. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Dragon (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012) are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren't applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast! They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.


The Dragon
The Oriental or Chinese concept of the dragon is much different than the European notion of this beast. Whereas in the West dragons are nearly always evil, fire breathing creatures of immense size and destructiveness, in the East they are beloved. Chinese dragons are benevolent, representing most auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang (male) and perfectly complements a yin (female) fenghuang, the mythical "Chinese phoenix".

A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying. The dragon is a mystical being, able to use an almost unlimited range of magical or supernatural powers. It is able to disguise itself as a silkworm, or become as large as our entire universe. It can fly among the clouds or hide in water. It can form clouds, turn into water or fire, become invisible or glow in the dark. It is interesting to note that the Oriental dragon's ability to fly is a magical (not a physical) ability; unlike European dragons, Chinese dragons are rarely if ever depicted with physical wings.

Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. Many pictures of oriental dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin. The pearl is associated with wealth, good luck, and prosperity. In Chinese culture, the pearl also symbolizes perfection, which is only obtained through the highest forms of wisdom. As such, the pearl is retained in the clutches of the dragon, who, like the emperor, reveals great "pearls of wisdom" as it bestows abundance and prosperity upon its people.

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The Specimen Finish

This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and mirrored surfaces, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting, matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen finish.

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Canada 2012 Dragon $10 1/2 Oz Silver Coin in packageTechnology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This silver specimen coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A one-year-only, rampaging dragon with the Chinese characters for "Year of the Dragon" and clouds that represent good fortune. The date and denomination are also indicated.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a red cardboard folder, which is presented in a red envelope with the coin design and Chinese wishes printed on it in gold and red foil. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit       588,888
   
Finish Specimen
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Three Degrees Creative Group, Inc.
Certificate Individually Numbered


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