Dragon & His Nine Sons, Tuvalu, 2015, 5oz, .999

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According to ancient Chinese mythology, the dragon is symbolic of good fortune. In Chinese culture the dragon is said to have nine sons, each of whom was endowed with a unique supernatural power. These appear in many aspects of architecture as well as forming part of daily life.

Qiu Niu

With a head resembling a yellow dragon, Qui Niu is often depicted on the head or bridge of traditional Chinese instruments. The eldest of the nine dragon sons, the Qiu Niu, is generally considered the patron of musicians and a protector of homes.

YaZi

Ya Zi is highly aggressive and loves to fight. His bad temper and powerful nature sees him frequenting battlefields, and his appearance signifies victory in battle while enhancing the morale and strength of soldiers. His image is often carved on edged weapons to make them more powerful and accurate.

Chao Feng

The fearless risk taker, Chao Feng has the head of a phoenix with the body of a dragon. His image is often used as embellishments on roof corners, particularly in ancient palace architecture.

Pu Lao

Known for his loud crying, Pu Lao lives by the sea and is often cast as the handles on the top of a bell. He was afraid of cetaceous creatures such as dolphins and whales, and upon seeing a cetacean he would shout loudly in fear. It became a tradition for people to put his likeness on clocks with a carved wooden cetacean as the bell-striker in order to increase the vibration of the toll.

Suan Ni

Suan Ni resembles a lion, loves fire and smoke, and can be found on incense burners and as a guardian in front of doorways. Associated with Chinese Buddhism, his profile can also be seen on the seats of the Buddha statues.

Bi Xi

The Bi Xi dragon has the body and shell of a tortoise with the head of a dragon. Capable of carrying very heavy objects, his image is usually carved at the base of heavy stone steles, pillars and gravestones.

Bi An

Bi An is known for his fairness and impartiality. Resembling a tiger, he is wise and can differentiate between good and evil, and honesty and lies. He is usually featured as part of the decoration of courts and prisons in ancient China. His images are ferocious and he has the appearance of a tiger with very large fangs.

Fu Xi

Fu Xi has the head of a lion with a dragon’s body. Known for his love of literature, his image is often found in libraries and on book bindings, and depicted on graves and monuments.

Chi Wen

Chi Wen lives in the sea and is said to control rainfall. He resembles a fish. The Chi Wen dragon image is often placed on the ridges of palaces and buildings to protect the building from fire.

DESIGN

The coin’s reverse portrays the dragon with his nine sons in colour. The design includes the inscription DRAGON & HIS NINE SONS.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2015 year-date, and the monetary denomination.

No more than 1,000 of the Dragon and His Nine Sons 2015 5oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin will be released.

PRESENTATION

Each coin is housed in a classic display case within an illustrated shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

  龍生九子是指龍生九個兒子,九個兒子都不成龍,各有不同。所謂“龍生九子”,並非龍恰好生九子。中國傳統文化中,以九來表示極多,有至高無上地位,九是個虛數,也是貴數,所以用來描述龍子。龍有九子這個說法由來已久,但是究竟是哪九種動物一直沒有說法,直到明朝才出現了各種說法。明代一些學人筆記,如陸容的《菽園雜記》、李東陽的《懷麓堂集》、楊慎的《升庵集》、李詡的《戒庵老人漫筆》、徐應秋的《玉芝堂談芸》等,對諸位龍子的情況均有記載,但不統一。
“龍生九子”的一個說法是龍的九個兒子分别爲:老大囚牛、老二睚眥、老三嘲風、老四蒲牢、老五狻猊(suānní)、老六贔屭(bìxì)、老七狴犴(bì’àn),老八負屭、老九螭吻(“螭”,chī)。另有說法是來自明朝楊慎所撰《升庵外集》,龍的九個兒子分别爲: 老大贔屭、老二螭吻/鴟尾、老三蒲牢、老四狴犴、老五饕餮(tāotiè)、老六趴蝮(bāxià)、老七睚眥、老八狻猊、老九椒圖。

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