Fifth issue of the Golden Enigma...
This beautiful Gold coin represents the ultimate Feng Shui cure to draw wealth from all directions. The Pi Yao, a celestial guardian and symbol of fortune. The coin features a square hole pierced through the centre, has a beautiful design, has a Proof quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 388 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 10/15/2017
Feng shui or fengshui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Classic of Burial recorded in Guo Pu's commentary: Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Charles Vinh combines a number of auspicious Chinese motifs to confer a powerful blessing for everlasting prosperity and fortune. At the centre is a feature that sets this coin apart: a square hole, which represented the land in traditional Chinese minting. Two Pi Yao figures stand on either side of the hole and are viewed in profile, with one facing left and the other facing right. Enhanced by different finishes, the intricate engraving re-creates the elaborate appearance of this mystical protector and symbol of wealth. The rounded shape of the Wu Lou gourd is depicted on the reverse and the obverse, where this centuries-old symbol of longevity and health appears alongside the ornamental Chinese knots that speak of never-ending felicity. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: “CANADA” – the country of issue, “2017” – the issue year and “200 DOLLARS” – the face value. These “endless” knots also complement the stylized scrollwork on the unique obverse, where a smoothly polished circle bears the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. On top of the obverse, the inscription: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen. On the bottom, the inscription: “D·G·REGINA” – Dei Gratia Regina.