A popular motif in modern coins, the Chinese Dragon adorns everything from bullion to fancy proof coins, sometimes alone, but often interacting with another of the regions expansive mythological entities. The Phoenix is one of the more popular and striking of them all, with several issues depicting the two in dynamic poses. None have done it as well as Precious Metal Collectors, however,
The coin is simply gorgeous. Beautifully done in a figure of eight, that number having considerable respect in Asian culture for its association with luck and fortune, it has the two creatures circling the number and coming into face to face contact at the centre. Each flows with great drama around the edge of the coin, the inside of which looks like the interior ceiling of a temple, for example. High-relief is the order of the day which, combined with the detailing, gives it a fine sense of depth.
Even the obverse has a simple, but effective nod to the culture with a cleverly incorporated yin-yang symbol passing behing the side-on mugshot of Queen Elizabeth II. This isn’t one of PMC’s silver over copper ‘Bi-Metal Plus’ coins, but a traditional all-silver, three ounce strike. It will come well presented and has a mintage of 333 pieces. It’s been an interesting week looking at this distinctive and innovative producers work and this is a fine way to end it. We’ll be doing the same for European producer, MDM next week.