2017 Canada Dragon Boat Festival Coloured Silver Proof Coin
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Born on the rivers of China, dragon boat racing is at the heart of a 2,000-year-old cultural tradition that is steeped in folklore and full of pageantry. Beautifully engraved in ultra-high relief, the selectively coloured dragon on your coin is a timeless and strongly symbolic representation of the Dragon Boat Festival. Look closely at its positioning among the waves—its curved neck mimics the shape of the ornate boats that compete in the annual races!
Designed by Canadian artist Simon Ng, your coin offers an artistic tribute to Dragon Boat Festival through the skilful fusion of ancient symbolism, traditional art elements and modern minting techniques. The lower portion of the coin is dominated by foam-tipped waves—an auspicious pattern that also adds a sense of motion to the design. In fact, curved lines are present throughout this water-themed design, including the dragon's mane that evokes the sensation of wind and movement. Engraved in ultra-high relief for added depth and dimension, the serpentine spirit emerges from the water in a way that mimics the shape of a dragon boat, with its neck curved like a boat's gunwale. The dragon's features are resplendent in colourful hues of red, gold, green and blue, culminating in the blue pearl held tight in its jaw as a symbol of wisdom, and the active yang aspect of qi—the life force that surrounds us.
|Brand||Royal Canadian Mint|
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