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MAPLE OF LONGEVITY Hologram Silver Coin 15$ Canada 2014


This silver coin is the sixth in the Royal Canadian Mint’s renowned series of Asian-inspired coins that bear a hologram of a maple leaf. Unique selective hologram and captivating style make this an excellent addition to any collection.

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The Chinese are incredibly skilled at assigning deeper meanings to various symbols to represent a condition or energy. Walking through their country is a true education on Chinese symbols.
Among the myriad of symbols, the Chinese symbols for longevity are widespread and quite intriguing.
A long, healthy, prosperous life is one of the most admirable and highest goals of humanity. It only makes sense that the Chinese along with so many other cultures would establish many symbols to represent the facets of longevity.

Heron or Crane: There are four types of cranes in Chinese myth: White, yellow, blue and black. The black crane is thought to live the longest - up to 600 years. When a crane is shown among clouds it stands for longevity, widsom and nobility. When shown among pine trees, the crane symbolizes determination, wealth and power. When two cranes are shown together, it is the ultimate depiction of longevity. The Chinese Phoenix is also a powerful bird symbol.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value15 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.888
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
At the centre, two cranes are viewed in profile as they stand with outstretched wings on a grassy mound. The revered birds are flanked by a pair of tortoises at the bottom left of the image, and two chrysanthemums – the flower of immortality – at the right. Stylized flowers that bloom throughout the seasons surround these symbolic elements, thereby extending this blessing for the entire year. The foremost crane’s outstretched wings and neck encircle a selective hologram of a maple leaf above it. The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.