Currency: New Zealand Dollar (1978-Date). 999 Silver w/ Copper (5oz Silver; 32.5oz Copper). Condition: New - Mint Packaging. Obverse: The Effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II; denomination below, country above, and date to the right. Reverse: The Dragon and the 9 sons, symbol of prosperity, wisdom and luck, chasing the Pearl of Wisdom.
The Dragon King is believed to have had 9 sons, with each of them bearing different abilities but as powerful as one another. On its own, the number'9' itself also carries significant meaning, as it represents longevity and eternity due to its homophone with the Chinese character for "everlasting".
Each of the 9 sons had different forms, but were mostly depicted as hybrids of dragons with other spiritual creatures such as turtles and tigers when they were not represented as dragons. Due to the symbolism of the number 9 combined with the significance of the mythical dragon, representations of the 9 Sons of the Dragon King have been applied onto places of cultural importance as a symbol of protection and blessing, such as the Nine-Dragon Wall that can be found at Forbidden City and Beihai Park in Beijing. Here, the 9 dragons are presented with each of them in fluid motion, creating a sense of movement as they reach toward the fireball in the centre.
This fireball is sometimes referred to as the "Flaming Pearl" or "Pearl of Wisdom" in Feng Shui. It is known to be a symbol of prosperity, wisdom and luck, and also carries significance in the religious faith of Taoism and Buddhism as a'sacred pearl' that grants all wishes.The 9 dragons illustrated in close pursuit of the Flaming Pearl thus represents that success and prosperity are soon to be expected, an indication of good fortune and luck. As the dragons move towards the Flaming Pearl, clouds form beneath them that represent the dragon's breath, also called "Sheng Chi" or "Cosmic Breath". This is the most desired energy in Feng Shui that attracts wealth, luck and fortune.
The clever and intricate use of depth in executing the engraving brings this out to a superb 3D effect. Each feature on the dragons' body and face is distinctively struck, and at the top of the coin lies an ingot and ancient Chinese coins while the dragons all look and move towards it, symbolising a clear and defined path to good fortune. This precious metal coin is intentionally delivered in upsized dimensions with a mix of 5 oz of 999 pure silver and 32.15 oz of 999 pure copper fused together using a technique called Bi-Metal Plus.Measuring 120mm in diameter, it boasts an impressive size that delivers the design of each of the 9 Sons of the Dragon King beautifully and respectfully. Coin condition is based on our professional opinion. Pictures are representative of the coin that you will receive, actual coin may differ slightly, and serial numbers may vary. Infinity Coins is a full-time coin shop located in Idaho Falls, ID. We have a large inventory that moves fast and we only list very little on here so if there is something else you are looking for, please ask, we might have it. This caps at 10 items, after 10 items each additional item is free.
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