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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