According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. These heavenly quadrants were known as the ‘Four Celestial Palaces’, with each palace represented by a guardian animal with a corresponding colour, element, and virtue.
Each coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
The coin’s reverse portrays the four Chinese ancient mythical creatures, with a yingyang symbol in the centre of the coin. The design includes the inscription CHINESE ANCIENT MYTHICAL CREATURES.
The coin’s high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die.
The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2016 year-date, and the monetary denomination.
No more than 5,000 of the Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin will be released.
Each coin is presented in a classic black case within a superbly illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.