Feng Shui cranes coin new release from New Zealand Mint

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14 August 2013
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imports_CCGB_coin-31-_53453.jpg Feng Shui cranes coin new release from New Zealand Mint
New Zealand Mint's newest coin issue is the 2013 Feng Shui Cranes 1oz silver coin. ...
New Zealand Mint's newest coin issue is the 2013 Feng Shui Cranes 1oz silver coin. The coin shows two cranes captured against a mirror finish background with one bird looking upwards, symbolising authority and wisdom. As in traditional Chinese paintings, these cranes are surrounded by reeds and pine tree branches representing constant friendship. Both Cranes are also shown in the wild, 'illustrating their freedom and endless opportunity to develop'.

Images of Cranes are often found in Feng Shui clothing or art. Known as the prince of all birds, the Crane has come to symbolize longevity, energy and even immortality because of its long lifespan and untiring strength in flight. In ancient Chinese legends, Cranes carried the spirits of the departed to heaven. Thus, the symbol of cranes is used in Feng Shui to bring the energy of a long, noble and peaceful life that will eventually lead the human soul to heaven.

The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the coin is issued in a mintage limit of 8,000 coins.

Feng Shui Cranes coin issue details

Metal: 999 fine silver
Finish: proof
Diameter: 40.7mm
Denomination: $2
Weight: 1 Troy oz

To purchase the coin, visit the New Zealand Mint website.

For all the latest coin and stamp issues, see each issue of Stamp & Coin Mart magazine.
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