The new Royal Canadian Mint Lunar series begins in 2022, the Year of the Tiger, and the king of all beasts has never looked more fearless than on this kilo-sized 99.99% pure gold masterpiece.
Much like the noble creature itself, those born in the year of the Tiger are strong, courageous and capable. They are natural leaders with a penchant for adventure and a desire to live life to the fullest. In a year associated with the Water element, they are also adaptable and open to new opportunities. Though the Water Tiger craves new experiences, it remains hard working, driven and dependable — a mighty combination that can lead to great success and fortune.
Inspired by traditional Chinese brush paintings, Canadian artist Aries Cheung offers a modern take on the classic image of the Tiger descending the mountain. The Tiger has descended from the auspicious clouds representing mobility and stature, and has adopted a stance that emphasizes its power and authority. Its lucky flower, the Asiatic lily, adds floral yin energy to counter the Tiger’s yang masculinity, while its wing-like fur hints at a divine association. In the sky, the stylized sun is seen radiating energy and bears the Chinese character for “Tiger”. Also in the background, the rolling waves represent Water, the dominant element for 2022; and where Water meets Land, these two elements become opposite but balanced forces (yin and yang). The reverse also includes the year “2022”, the word “CANADA” and the face value, “2500 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt and a repeating scallop pattern.