Along with good luck and longevity, prosperity is considered one of life’s great blessings in Chinese culture. In its ongoing series that celebrates the cultural traditions of Canada’s Chinese communities, the Royal Canadian Mint presents this beautifully intricate silver coin featuring a maple hologram, and confers upon its owner a sincere wish for prosperity and success.
This is the seventh coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Asian-inspired coins, bearing a hologram of a maple leaf. The reverse design by Canadian artist Albert Ng is a popular arrangement of elements that convey a blessing for prosperity. Fish have long represented “abundance/surplus” due to the similarity in the pronunciation of their Chinese characters. Carp is a particularly auspicious symbol as well, both for its reputation as a prolific producer of eggs as well as its symbol’s similar pronunciation to the characters for “profit” and “power.” In a lucky grouping of three, the carp are seen jumping out of the water (in itself symbolic of continuous abundance), which is represented by a repetitive pattern of rippling water that frames the reverse image. This thoughtful, intricate design represents “gaining profits in succession”.
This coin makes a stunning addition to any Asian-inspired collection, and is a meaningful gift that conveys a sincere wish for success to its recipient.