Item Number 165914
Composition 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g)* 20.86
Diameter (mm) 36
Face Value $8
Artist Simon Ng
Packaging Burgundy clamshell with black beauty box
- Exquisitely crafted in 99.99% pure silver with multiple finishes to accentuate every detail to stunning effect.
- A very special token of good fortune, and a wonderful addition to any collection highlighting Chinese-Canadian cultural motifs.
- Struck with a square hole that is a distinct feature of ancient Chinese coins, and was used to string coins onto a cord. The square hole represents the land; while the coin’s round shape symbolizes heaven.
- Mintage for this $8 coin is set to 6,888 coins- an auspicious number since “8” is considered to be the luckiest number in Chinese culture
This elegant and classic design by Canadian artist Simon Ng features a combination of Chinese motifs representing the auspicious “Five Blessings”; consisting of five bats surrounding the Chinese character shou (longevity), each bat representing health, wealth, longevity, virtue and a peaceful natural death in old age. The square hole in the centre is a distinct feature of ancient Chinese coins which represents the land. It’s framed by a circle of finely engraved scrolls and symbolic floral elements, while traditional Chinese latticework flows along the outer edge of the coin design. The floral elements also compliment the ornate scrollwork on the coin’s unique obverse, where the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is engraved with remarkable finesse in a smoothly polished circle above the square hole.