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Canada 2013 Blessings of Peace - Phoenix Firebird $150 .99999 (five 9s) Fine Pure Gold Proof L5 GX - MINTAGE 888

Canada 2013 Blessings of Peace - Phoenix Firebird $150 .99999 (five 9s) Fine Pure Gold Proof L5 GX - MINTAGE 888

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 04503
Price: $1,199.95 $949.95
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Unusual shape, extraordinarily low mintage (888), a most desirable animal, the phoenix, and the potential to appreciate - the world’s purest (.99999 fine) gold coin is the perfect storm of unique design and precious metal investment!

Sold out at the Mint!One of the five traditional wishes in the Oriental pantheon of blessings is the Blessing of Peace - the desire for ease, safety and tranquility. Chinese culture expresses good fortune through a multitude of ancient and vibrant symbols and traditions. Family and friends still actively bestow blessings of good fortune upon each other.

The Blessings of Peace $150 Pure Gold Proof is the fifth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s lotus-shaped series of 5 9s pure gold proofs celebrating the history and traditions of Chinese immigrants.

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The Chinese Phoenix and Dragon as Yin and Yang.Blessings of Peace - The Phoenix
The meticulously engraved design features Canadian artist Aries Cheung’s striking phoenix and auspicious clouds vignette. Around a circular “sun” bearing the Chinese characters for “peace,” a phoenix or firebird is rendered in breathtaking detail! The bird’s pheasant visage and sharp parrot bill are viewed in striking profile, facing to the left. The phoenix raises its right wing above its head while its left wing folds delicately beneath its body. Each feather is executed with deft skill to enhance the design’s depth and beauty. Three graceful peacock tail feathers flow out from behind the bird, filling the right side of the central field. Above the phoenix is a stylized sky filled with swirling, peony-like clouds. The scalloped outer band is engraved with the word “CANADA” and the Chinese characters for “CANADA”.

The mythical bird of Chinese art known in English as the phoenix is referred to as the “king of birds” or “epitome of birds” in Chinese tradition. This exceptional creature, associated with royalty (especially Empresses) bears the highest rank among birds. Its physical form, as presented in Chinese art, is traditionally understood to be a composite of various birds. It has the head of a pheasant, the body of a duck, the legs of a crane, the wings of a swallow, the bill of a parrot, and the tail of a peacock. As a symbol, this magnificent creature represents beauty and good fortune. Because it is said to appear only in times of peace, the phoenix is also strongly associated with the notion of peace.

The Chinese Phoenix and Dragon as Yin and Yang.Associated with the element of fire and the direction south, the phoenix is one of the oldest animals portrayed in Chinese art and is found on decorative objects dating back thousands of years. The phoenix is considered one of the “supernatural spirits,” along with the dragon, tortoise, and unicorn, and is often paired in visual images with the dragon, which is “yin” to the phoenix’s “yang” nature - part of the common motif of paired opposites in Chinese visual tradition.

The Chinese character for phoenix, feng, is often used for the naming of people and objects whose namers wish to bestow upon them charm, balance, and peace, such as musical instruments and certain foods. It is also a popular character for the naming of girls.

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Investment Note
The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint in the world to refine and strike coins in .99999 gold - the purest gold on the planet! Previously, all "5 9s" gold coins, as they are popularly known, have contained at least one troy ounce of gold, and were priced accordingly. Here, at last, is a more affordable version, struck in the same 99.999% pure gold made famous by their larger cousins! With a tiny mintage limit of only 888, the sky's the limit now that the Blessings of Peace Phoenix Gold Proof has sold out at the Mint - don't delay, get yours today!

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Canada 2013 Blessings of Peace Gold $150 Coin in boxTechnology Note
The marvelous refining technology of the Royal Canadian Mint has brought us the world’s purest gold coins, in a purity (99.999%) that puts other gold coins to shame! This is the purest gold coin ever minted!

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Obverse
The mythical phoenix or firebird bestows the blessing of peace beneath a sky of peony-like clouds. A circular cartouche contains the Chinese character for "Peace". 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 purity .99999 FINE GOLD and the legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a maroon, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 150 Dollars
Weight 10.40 g
Diameter 22.50 mm
Mintage Limit    888
   
Finish Proof
Composition .99999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Plain
   
Artist Aries Cheung
Certificate Individually numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Blessings of Peace

The mythical bird of Chinese art known in English as the phoenix is referred to as the “king of birds” or “epitome of birds” in Chinese tradition. This exceptional creature, associated with royalty—especially Empresses—bears the highest rank among birds. Its physical form, as presented in Chinese art, is traditionally understood to be a composite of various birds. It has the head of a pheasant, the body of a duck, the legs of a crane, the wings of a swallow, the bill of a parrot, and the tail of a peacock. As a symbol, this magnificent creature represents beauty and good fortune. Because it is said to appear only in times of peace, the phoenix is also strongly associated with the notion of peace.

Associated with the element of fire and the direction south, the phoenix is one of the oldest animals portrayed in Chinese art and is found on decorative objects dating back thousands of years. The phoenix is considered one of the “supernatural spirits,” along with the dragon, tortoise, and unicorn, and is often paired in visual images with the dragon, which is “yin” to the phoenix’s “yang” nature—part of the common motif of paired opposites in Chinese visual tradition.

The Chinese character for phoenix, feng, is often used for the naming of people and objects whose namers wish to bestow upon them charm, balance, and peace, such as musical instruments and certain foods. It is also a popular character in the naming of girls.

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About the Coin

This 99.999% pure gold coin has a diameter of 22.5 millimeters and weighs 10.4 grams. It is the fifth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s lotus-shaped coin series celebrating the history and traditions of Canada’s Chinese communities. The reverse image features Canadian artist Aries Cheung’s striking phoenix and auspicious clouds design. Around a circular “sun” bearing the Chinese symbols for “peace,” the reverse image features a stylized phoenix rendered in breathtaking detail. The bird’s pheasant visage and sharp parrot bill are viewed in striking profile, facing the left side of the coin. The phoenix raises its right swallow wing above its head while its left wing folds delicately beneath its duck-like body. Each feather is executed with deft skill to enhance the design’s depth and beauty. Three graceful peacock tailfeathers flow out from behind the bird, filling the right side of the reverse’s central field. Above the phoenix is a stylized sky filled with swirling peony-like clouds. The scalloped outer band encircling the reverse field is engraved with the word “CANADA” and the Chinese characters for “CANADA”, the face value “150 DOLLARS” and the date “2013.” The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

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