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FENG SHUI CRANES Grus Japonensis Silver 1 Oz Coin 2$ Niue 2013


Birds are considered powerful symbols of new opportunities that are there for you, even in times of adversity. Humans have always seen birds as symbols of inspiration and freedom. The ability to fly and to soar high up in the sky is closely associated in Feng Shui with the ability to serve as messengers from heaven.

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Red-crowned Crane
The Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), also called the Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane is a large east Asian crane and among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.
The estimated total population of the species is only 2,750 in the wild, including about 1,000 birds in the resident Japanese population.
In China, the Red-crowned Crane is often featured in myths and legends. In Taoism, the Red-crowned Crane is a symbol of longevity and immortality. In art and literature, immortals are often depicted riding on cranes. A mortal who attains immortality is similarly carried off by a crane.
Because of its importance in Chinese culture, the Red-crowned Crane was selected by the National Forestry Bureau of the People's Republic of China as a candidate for the title of national animal of China. This decision was deferred due to the Red-crowned Crane's Latin name translation as "Japanese Crane".
The official logo of Japan Airlines features a Red-crowned Crane.
In Japan, this crane is known as the tancho and is said to live for 1,000 years. In the Ainu language, the Red-crowned Crane is known as sarurun kamuy or marsh kamuy. At Tsurui they are one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2013
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
This delightful coin shows two Cranes captured against a mirror finish, proof quality background with one bird looking upwards, symbolizing authority and wisdom. As in traditional Chinese paintings, these cranes are surrounded by reeds and pine tree branches representing constant friendship. Both Cranes are also shown in the wild, illustrating their freedom and endless opportunity to develop. The coin’s obverse features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.