2018 $25 FINE SILVER COIN DRAGON BOAT
LAUNCH DATE: May 01, 2018
ADVERTISING DATE: May 1, 2018
Canada’s dragon boat festivals are the continuation of a tradition that originated 2,000 years ago in
China, where the dragon is the mythical ruler of water and rain. Engraved in ultra high relief, the
colourful Chinese dragon rises up from the coin to celebrate the cultural aspect of dragon boat racing
and the spirit of its participants, who paddle to the sounds of the drum that is the boat’s beating heart.
- A MODERN SPORT WITH AN ANCIENT PAST: A dazzling showpiece that celebrates the cultural tradition of
dragon boat racing, and the festivals held annually in several Canadian cities.
- ULTRA HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVING: Struck several times to ensure crisp lines and maximum depth, the dragon’s carefully sculpted head rises up from the coin’s flat surface, like a dragon emerging from the engraved waves.
- CAPTURES THE COLOURFUL PAGEANTRY: Highlighted by the application of colour over the engraving, the
dragon’s head on the reverse is every bit as a colourful as the elaborately painted dragon boats.
- TRADITION MEETS CONTEMPORARY: In addition to its colour-over-engraved features, the traditional depiction of a Chinese dragon is rich in symbolism and includes a few modern design elements, such as the stylized background that adds an outstanding amount of etched details
The reverse image by Simon Ng is a colourful, dynamic fusion of traditional symbolism and
contemporary minting techniques. An auspicious pattern of stylized, foam-tipped waves fills much of
the field, where the engraved lines convey movement in the water. Engraved in ultra high relief, a
Chinese dragon rises up from the flat surface of the coin, where the serpentine neck alludes to the
typical shape of a boat. An application of colour adds dazzling reds, oranges and blues to this revered
figure of Chinese mythology, who holds a green pearl of wisdom that symbolizes the active yang aspect
of qi, the life force that surrounds us.
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