2022 2 oz Tokelau Chinese Dragon & Tiger Antiqued High Relief Silver Coin
For those who are familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, the Tai Sui (sometimes referred to as Grand Duke of Jupiter) is the personified deity of the stars opposite Jupiter who rules over all earthly matters in a specific lunar calendar. The Tai Sui changes every year during the Lunar New Year, as with the Zodiac. Typically, the Zodiac of the year would ‘clash’ with the Tai Sui, resulting in difficulties or setbacks through the year for those born under the same sign. As such, the auspicious dragon is intentionally paired with the Zodiac sign of the year in this series to attract success and luck for the particular Zodiac.
The Tiger is one of the more popular zodiac animals out of the Chinese zodiac, as it is believed that individuals born in the Year of the Tiger are often passionate, optimistic, and confident. 2022 marks the year of the Tiger and is believed to pack opportunities and energy for the Tigers. As a natural leader and the largest of the cat species, the powerful tiger is charismatic and leads with vigor and authority. It is thus said that if one is born in the Year of the Tiger, they are blessed with a wide circle of friends. With a hunger for victory, the Tiger thrives in competition and is looked upon favorably for success.
When matched with the majestic dragon that symbolizes luck and auspicious connotations, this piece is a showcase of immense power and strength. Both creatures snarl and lunge fearlessly from the reverse, their surreal forms leaping away from the surface. The grained finish of the tiger’s body contrasts with the lines that define the dragon’s scales, representing the magnificent form of the two in splendid detail.
Measuring 80mm in diameter, this piece is double the size of the regular 2 oz collectible. This is made possible with a new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Plus”, which combines 11.5 oz of copper within two layers of 999 fine-silver totaling 2 oz. The result is an incredible weight and feel to match the regal Chinese dragon detail, and a super ultra-high relief topped with silver antiqued finishing.