KOI FISH JUMPS THE DRAGON GATE Chinese Mythology 5 Oz Silver Coin 5$ Tuvalu 2016

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This new Silver coin depicts two strong symbols in the chinese culture – the koi fish and the dragon. The coin is partially colored, struck by the Perth Mint from 5 Oz of Pure Silver and has a Proof quality. Will be shipped in a special case, along with Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 500 pieces worldwide.

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Country Tuvalu
Year 2016
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 155.5 (5 oz)
Diameter (mm) 65.6
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 500
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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Koi Fish Jumps the Dragon Gate
According to Chinese mythology, the Dragon’s Gate is located at the top of a waterfall cascading from a legendary mountain. Many carp swim upstream against the river’s strong current, but few are capable or brave enough for the final leap over the waterfall. If a carp successfully makes the jump, it is transformed into a powerful dragon. A Chinese dragon’s large, conspicuous scales indicate its origin from a carp. The Chinese dragon has long been an auspicious symbol of great and benevolent, magical power. The image of a carp jumping over Dragon’s Gate is an old and enduring Chinese cultural symbol for courage, perseverance, and accomplishment. Historically, the dragon was the exclusive symbol of the emperor of China and the five-character expression, Liyu Tiao Long Men, was originally used as a metaphor for a person’s success in passing very difficult imperial examinations, required for entry into imperial administrative service. To this day, when a student from a remote country village passes the rigorous national university examination in China, friends and family proudly refer to the “Liyu Tiao Long Men.” More generally, the expression is used to communicate that if a person works hard and diligently, success will one day be achieved.


The reverse of the coin features a koi fish and a dragon in full colour. The koi fish is jumping through the waves of the river over the dragon gate, and a dragon is wrapped around the roof of the gate. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “Koi Fish Jumps the Dragon Gate” – the name of the coin. The coin’s obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “Tuvalu” – the issue country, “2016” – the issue year, “5 Dollars” - the face value and “5 Oz 999 Silver” – the weight and the fineness of Silver.