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FENG SHUI KOI Japanese Carp Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2012


In Japanese and Chinese tradition Koi are symbolic of unity and fidelity as it is noted that fish often swim together in pairs. Koi are often given as wedding gifts in the form of charms or figurines to present the newly-wed couple with an au ious sign of fidelity and perfect union. They also represent fertility and abundance due to their ability to reproduce in speed and volume.

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KOI Carp
Koi or more specifically nishikigoi, are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.
Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation.
The word koi comes from Japanese, simply meaning "carp". It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as koi in English are referred to more specifically as nishikigoi in Japan. In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means "affection" or "love"; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan. The koi is also an often recurring symbol in Irezumi, the Japanese art of traditional tattooing.
The common carp was aquacultured as a food fish at least as far back as the fifth century in China, and in the Roman Empire during the spread of Christianity in Europe. Common carp were first bred for color in Japan in the 1820s, initially in the town of Ojiya in the Niigata prefecture on the northeastern coast of Honshu island. By the 20th century, a number of color patterns had been established, most notably the red-and-white Kohaku. The outside world was not aware of the development of color variations in koi until 1914, when the Niigata koi were exhibited in the annual exposition in Tokyo. At that point, interest in koi exploded throughout Japan. The hobby of keeping koi eventually spread worldwide. They are now commonly sold in most pet stores, with higher-quality fish available from specialist dealers.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2012
  • 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
The coin reverse features an image of 2 Gold Koi swimming. The fish's coloring also has something to do with its symbolism. Certain colors represent certain aspects or outcomes in life. The Yamabuki koi is gold in coloring and symbolizes riches and wealth. The coin background depics delicate Cherry Blossoms. The coin obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II.