Royal Canadian Mint begins issuing coins for Year of the Dog

Gold, silver coins commemorative coins show man’s best friend
By , Coin World
Published : 08/21/17
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The Proof .9999 fine silver $15 coin features an image of a shar pei on the reverse. Three Degrees Creative Group created the reverse design. 

Viewed in side profile, the shar pei is the very image of a faithful protector and courageous companion as it looks beyond the coin’s scalloped rim. Beneath its muzzle is the engraved Chinese character for “dog,” while the timeless beauty of magnolia blossoms adds an ornamental flourish at the left side of the coin. 

“There are no legends on the reverse to detract from the power and the beauty of the dramatic design,” according to the RCM. 

The $15 coin weighs 26.51 grams and measures 38 millimeters in diameter. The coin has a mintage limit of 18,888 pieces and retails for $101.88 Canadian. 

A Golden Dog

The gold coin features a design stylistically similar to the silver $10 coin.

The reverse design emphasizes the energetic, bounding character of its representative animal. Canadian artist Aries Cheung has created a stylized depiction of a dog leaping with playful energy over the Chinese character for “dog” beneath it. Behind the canine is a rainbow and auspicious clouds, their swirling contours echoed in the dog’s fur to bestow good fortune upon this friendly and loyal zodiac sign.

The Proof coin, made from an alloy that is .750 fine gold and .250 fine silver, weighs 11.84 grams and contains 8.88 grams of pure gold (in Asian cultures, the number 8 carries importance).

The coin measures 28 millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of 1,500 pieces and retails for $688.88 Canadian. 

All prices listed here are in Canadian funds. Buyers outside Canada purchasing the coins through the RCM will pay a price based on the exchange rate at the time of purchase. 

To order, visit the RCM website

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