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2018 Qi Lin (Unicorn) 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin


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Product Code: 18S1500

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· 99.99% pure silver

· 2oz Rimless Antiqued Coin

· Tuvalu legal tender

· Extremely limited mintage of 1000

· Beautiful presentation packaging

· Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

In ancient Chinese culture the appearance of the legendary qi lin was believed

to coincide with the imminent birth or death of a great leader.

The creature’s name is a combination of the two characters - qi (male) and lin

(female) - and it was therefore considered to signify yin-yang harmony.

The qi lin was portrayed with an equine body covered with the scales of a fish

and either antlers or a single horn – the latter responsible for it being referred to

as the ‘the Chinese unicorn’. It was often depicted surrounded by fire while also

reputed to be able to walk on water.

While the qi lin may look terrifying, it had such a benevolent nature that it never

walked on grass or ate living vegetation.

Similarly, the horse-like unicorn, with a single horn projecting from its forehead,

has been portrayed since antiquity including the Indus Valley Civilization more

than 4,500 years ago.

Derived from the Latin terms uni (single) and cornus (horn), the unicorn was

illustrated in Celtic, Medieval and Renaissance European art as a creature of

purity and grace. In modern times the fabled creatures are believed by some to

have mystical healing powers.

Even though the origins of these auspicious creatures in ancient Eastern and

Western folklore are unclear, each lives on in contemporary visual arts,

literature and popular culture. The unicorn also represents Scotland in the

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern



The coin’s reverse depicts exquisitely detailed representations of a qi lin

surrounded by a stylised representation of fire and water, and a unicorn. The

Chinese characters for ‘qi lin’ and the English word ‘unicorn’ are included in the


The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary

denomination, and the 2018 year-date are shown on the coin’s obverse.

No more than 1,000 of the Qi Lin and Unicorn 2018 2oz Silver Antiqued Coins

will be released.


Each coin is housed in a classic display case within an illustrated shipper and

accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


This coin has been individually ‘antiqued’ to give it a unique finish conveying

the surface abrasions of an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment, the

appearance of each coin may vary.


Silver Content (Troy oz) 2

Monetary Denomination (TVD) 2

Fineness (% purity) 99.99

Minimum Gross Weight (g) 62.27

Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.50

Maximum Thickness (mm) 6.00

Maximum Mintage 1000

Designer Ing Ing Jong

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