Mintage of only 8,888 coins!
The ornate reverse design of the Maple Leaf of Strength by Simon Ng depicts a beautiful Chinese design and a selective symbolic "hologram" of a shimmering maple leaf symbol. The obverse design by Susanna Blunt features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This coin comes to you packaged in its original box with a certificate of authenticity from the Royal Canadian Mint.
In Chinese culture, the horse is a token figure of strength. Often portrayed in figurines found buried with important Chinese historical figures, this seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac is a significant status symbol. The character symbol for strength is "li." The horse has a natural association with this symbol because its shape bears a likeness to a plough, and plough are used as farming implements. Along with the horse motif, the overall decorative design exemplifies some of the ornate art found in many typical Chinese pottery, embroideries, and sculptures.
Another interesting detail of this coin is the number of eights associated with it: the mintage is 8,888, the face value is $8, and it weighs 0.80 of a troy oz. The number eight is considered to be a lucky number in Chinese culture due to the fact that in Mandarin Chinese, it sounds like the word "prosper" or "wealth". Eight is pronounced "ba" while, prosper or wealth is pronounced "fa". In Cantonese, the number eight is pronounced "baat" and prosperity is pronounced "faat".
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