The Year of the Dog on the Chinese Lunar Zodiac calendar begins in
2018, but that isn’t stopping the Royal Canadian Mint from already
issuing coins for the new year.
The RCM in August released three commemorative coins for the event —
a half-ounce silver $10 coin, a scalloped shaped silver $15 coin and a
gold $150 coin containing an auspicious amount of pure gold.
All of the coins feature the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth
II on the obverse, with different legends referencing her role as
queen and her reign over Canada.
Two Silver Coins
The half-ounce .9999 fine silver $10 coin features a reverse by
Canadian artist Simon Ng. His design is an oriental-stylized depiction
of a dog standing above a traditional Chinese latticework that
incorporates a rose, one of the dog’s lucky flowers. A rose also
appears on the dog’s chest, while oncidium and cymbidium orchids, the
dog’s other floral charms, fill the remainder of its silhouette. The
Chinese character for “dog” appears to the right.
The September 2017 cover feature explores
“one-year wonders,” designs that lasted just a year or less,
many of which are now coveted delicacies.
Other topics include how to value unique collectibles, and an
outline of the history of what "paper money" is printed
on, from mulberry bark to plastics.
Engraving captures the energy of the loyal dog personality that is
always poised and ready to play — or protect. The date of issue and
the denomination are also indicated.
The Specimen $10 coin weighs 15.87 grams, measures 34 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 15,888 pieces.
It has an official issue price of $41.88 Canadian.
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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
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.