The art of mandalas is being celebrated on coins.
Mandalas, spiritual ritual symbols particularly popular in the Dharmic faiths (Hindu, Buddhism and others), often represent the universe. Modern mandalas include the temporary exhibits made from sand popular in Tibetan culture. Generally circular, the designs feature repeating geometric patterns of greater or lesser intricacy.
The second issue in a limited-mintage series of Mandala coins from Fiji offers a Celtic twist. The coin is now on sale and will begin shipping to collectors in March.
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The Antique Finish 2016 Mandala Art Ultra High Relief $10 coin contains 3 ounces of .999 fine silver.
The reverse of the coin, engraved to represent a mandala, features intricate detail rich with symbolism rooted in Celtic traditions, with an aqua-green malachite stone at the center.
The obverse of the coin carries the coat of arms of Fiji, the denomination and year of issue, 2016.
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The coin measures 50 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 500 pieces. Each coin is packaged in a special “luxury” box, according to distributor First Coin Company, with a silver print and serialized certificate of authenticity. The number on the certificate matches the number inscribed on the edge of the coin.
The coin retails for $429.90, but a special code (CW5CELTIC) offers Coin World readers a 5 percent discount.