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LUNAR MONKEY 1 Oz Silver Coin 500 Nu Bhutan 2016


This beautiful 1 Oz coin, pure Silver, Lunar Year of the Monkey 2016, featuring a ultra high relief engraved Monkey, with bold patterns and foral elements, ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The coin comes packaged in acrylic stand and artistically designed display boxes for grandeur presentation. Limited mintage of 10.000 pieces worldwide!

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The Kingdon of Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan is the happiest country in Asia, and the origin of the term "Gross National Happiness", is coined by His Majesty, Jigme Singye Wangchuck the 4th King of Bhutan. The philosophy of Gross National Happiness focuses on peace and happiness of the Bhutanese - balancing material and the spiritual development. The Bhutanese happiness and peace comes from their practice in Buddhism, which believes in living a good life to be closer to attaining enlightenment – They do good deeds, and do not believe in harming any sentient beings so much that there is no killing of animals, no fishing nor butchering, but instead meat is imported. The Bhutanese believe that all living beings are equally valuable life forms and they integrate these deep-seated convictions on the sacredness of life within the country's broader environmental and conservation ethics. This results in a peaceful, blissful way of living, accompanied by the country’s ethereal beauty.
Not only known as one of the happiest country, the Kingdom of Bhutan is also popularly known as the Last Shangri-La of the world. The Kingdom of Bhutan is heavily forested and perched atop of a mountain among the clouds. Home to a stunning natural scenery with an exotic mix of flora and fauna, the Kingdom is also embellished with majestic architectures of Dzongz, Stupas and Monasteries, resulting in a picturesque view from every angle.

  • CountryBhutan
  • Year2016
  • Face Value500 Ngultrum
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design of the coin is a combination of both traditional and modern art styles – echoing Bhutan’s current modernization policy, where they strike a balance between modernization and staying true to their traditions and roots. Using bold patterns and elements of floral, leaves and clouds to design the inquisitive monkey, the mystical qualities of the Kingdom is tastefully reflected. In addition, the limbs of the monkey are accentuated with swirl patterns, to exude vigor and spirit of the inquisitive monkey. Holding a heavenly peach, which symbolizes longevity and abundance, the monkey sits within an auspicious "Ruyi" cloud motif.
The obverse design features the Punthang Dechen Phodrang (The Palace of Great Bliss) also known as the Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is not only well-known for its majestic architecture, but also for its historical and cultural significance. Punakha Dzong is also host to the royal wedding of His Majesty, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, filling this magnificent Dzong with love and blessing.
The picturesque image of the Punakha Dzong sits within the artistic motifs of cloud swirls. The clouds surrounding the landmark further highlight Bhutan as the Kingdom in the clouds, the last Shangri-la of the world.