The Year of the Tiger on the Chinese lunar calendar officially begins on February 1, 2022, but three new Perth Mint coins and Talisman coins begin the celebration earlier.
The three pieces represent the white tiger, which is not a separate subspecies, or even a separate subpopulation of Siberian tigers. White tigers are simply tigers born with white fur, an extremely rare genetic mutation that occurs in approximately one in 10,000 births.
The Tiger (Panthera tigris) is one of the most intriguing, beautiful animals and, sadly, one of the most endangered large animals in the world, with estimates of less than 4,000 tigers remaining in the wild.
The tiger is also one of the two most auspicious animals on the Chinese lunar calendar (the other being the dragon).
Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar cycle (rather than solar). There are 12 animals in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac, each corresponding in order to a year rather than a month.
In 2022, we celebrate the Year of the Tiger. According to tradition, people born during a year of the tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022) exhibit the attributes of this animal.
According to Chinese tradition, they are said to be charismatic and formidable, generous but unpredictable. They are often known for their enthusiasm in life and are not afraid to explore new territories. They can also be aggressive, especially when they perceive a threat or are cornered.
Two pieces of Niue
Two Niue coins and one Tuvalu coin are among the many numismatic offerings marking the Year of the Tiger.
All three coins bear the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
The two Niue coins share a design, except for the denomination indications, and are colored on the back.
The reverse of these two coins shows a three-quarter length portrait of a white tiger in its natural habitat. The Chinese character for “tiger” is enclosed in a cartridge.
The reverse has no captions, enhancing the beauty of its dramatic close-up tiger portrayal.
The two Niue coins measure 38.60 millimeters in diameter.
The 1 ounce Proof .999 fine silver dollar weighs 31.135 grams and has a mintage of 888 coins. The silver coin costs $ 129.95 each, with quantity discounts available.
The $ 100 Proof .9999 fine gold coin weighs 31.106 grams and has a mintage limit of 150 coins, each priced at $ 2,999.95.
Tuvalu joins the party
An adult white tiger prowls mountain peaks among colorful red maple trees on an antique finish $ 2 fine silver coin with high relief from Tuvalu
Asian maples with red leaves symbolize autumn, the season associated with precious metals.
The reverse without caption further enhances the beauty of this realistic white tiger vignette.
The coin weighs 62.213 grams, measures 40.6 millimeters in diameter and 5.86 millimeters in thickness.
It has a mintage limit of 888 pieces and retails for $ 209.95 each, with quantity discounts available.
Each of the three pieces is encapsulated, inside its own shell-style presentation case lined with black velvet and satin, protected by a polychrome outer cardboard box; each includes an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
To order, visit the Talisman Coins website at www.talismancoins.com.
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