2023 5 oz Republique du Tchad The Eight Protectors Series - Mahasthamaprapta Antiqued High Relief Silver Coin
Inspired by Buddhist stone carvings, the collectible features Mahasthamaprapta seated serenely and accompanied by elements of the lotus flower which symbolizes perfection. The lotus flower blooming in his left hand is chosen to mark how he has attained complete realisation and enlightenment. It also signifies the total removal of all undesirable thoughts and worldly troubles. This image of Mahasthamaprapta is majestic and powerful, to mirror his stature. The buddha also symbolizes blessings in wealth and empowers those born in the Year of the Horse with smooth sailing careers and financial breakthroughs. On the obverse, the eight protectors and guardians of the Chinese zodiacs sit in heart-shaped Bodhi leaves surrounding the twelve zodiacs animals they protect, forming a lotus flower in full bloom. The collectible is crafted in the shape of the Taoist Bagua to attract good luck and ward off evil. In the middle lies the yin-yang symbol of harmony and balance behind the official legal tender of Tchad, the Coat of Arms du Tchad.
A new minting technique called “Bi-Metal Max” was applied to give this piece its remarkable weight and 120mm diameter – triple the size of the regular 2 oz collectible. This is made possible by combining 28.5 oz of Copper as a base with a top layer of 5 oz of 999 pure Silver, resulting in a super ultra-high relief topped with silver antiqued finishing. This is a limited edition of 199 pieces only. Each piece is packaged and delivered with a Certificate verifying its edition number and authenticity.