1 oz silver coin - 2014 Canadian Five Blessings
This five blessings coins have sold out from Royal
Blessings are an integral element of Chinese
culture. In offering them with a coin, medal, or
other traditional method of well-wishing, the
giver expresses to the recipient a wish or hope
for their future happiness.
Written and spoken Chinese lends itself
particularly well to symbolism and double meaning.
Through the graphic symbols of the written
language and the overlap of similar-sounding
words, the culture has evolved a tradition of
employing letters, sounds, and images to convey
robust messages with amplified meaning. These
messages are readily understood within Chinese and
Chinese Canadian culture.
This coin features a beautifully engraved design
conferring upon its owner blessings of happiness,
success, long life, joy, and good fortune.
This quality 1-ounce 99.99% pure silver coin engraved design conferring upon its owner blessings of happiness, success, long life, joy, and good fortune.
A very limited mintage sure to be sought after by collectors.
a thoughtful gift or fine collectible.
This coin features a series of symbolic images representing the traditional Five Blessings of Chinese culture. In a polished crescent on the left side of the coin appear five animals that traditionally connote blessings, including a bat for happiness, a deer for career success, a crane for long life, and two magpies for joy. The right side of the coin is richly decorated with circular
imagery overlaid with the Chinese symbol used to offer a wish for good fortune.
Did you know%u2026
%u2022 The character for "good
fortune" is not a formal or spoken word, but
rather an ideogram used in some regions to convey a wish or hope for good fortune.
%u2022 The number "5" is considered to be
of imperial significance and auspicious in Chinese
tradition because of the central position of the 9
single digit numbers. "5" is usually used as the number for repeated designs or decorations used in the imperial court of China.
%u2022 The concept of "prospects" and
the word for bat (fu) are homophones in spoken Chinese. The bat has thus become a well-known symbol for "good prospects."
The notion of success, particularly emolument or success related to one's salary, is homophonic with the word for deer in spoken Chinese (lu). The
deer is thus used to connote the qualities of endurance, longevity, and grace that provide one with a positive position in life.
The crane has long been associated with the notion of longevity in Chinese tradition. In art and literature, it is often portrayed in the presence of elders and gods and its white feathers
recall the white hair of old age. As a long-lived bird with high status in Chinese imperial tradition, it is an ideal symbol for longevity.
%u2022 The word for "joy"%u2014xi%u2014is
the first sound in the word for "magpie"
(xi que), making the magpie a symbol associated
with luck and happiness. When two magpies are
portrayed facing one another, as on this coin, the
recipient's happiness is doubled.
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