2020 1 oz Australia Guardian Lions (Double Pixiu) Silver Coin

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  1. Trinkets

    Trinkets Active Member

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    An LPM Exclusive

    • 1 oz 0.9999 Brilliant Uncirculated, from Perth Mint
    • 50,000 Mintage
    • 40.6 mm Diameter with reeded edge

    Also coming from Perth (releases on June 2)
    • Double Pixiu 2020 2oz Silver High Relief Coin (mintage 1000)
    • Double Pixiu 2020 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
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    jultorsk Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I think those look like Chinese guardian lions, not Pixiu? Pixius don't come with balls under their paws, but they do have antlers and wings. :D

    Chinese or Imperial guardian lions are a traditional Chinese architectural ornament. Typically made of stone, they are also known as stone lionsor shishi. The lions are always presented in pairs, a manifestation of yin and yang, the female representing yin and the male yang.The male lion has its right front paw on a type of cloth ball simply called an "embroidered ball" (绣球; xiù qiú), which is sometimes carved with a geometric pattern. The female is essentially identical, but has a cub under the left paw, representing the cycle of life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_guardian_lions

    Pixiu (貔貅; píxiū; P'i-hsiu), is a Chinese mythical hybrid creature, commonly (but incorrectly) referred to in the West by the Greek word "chimera", and considered a powerful protector of practitioners of Feng Shui. It resembles a strong, winged lion. Pixiu is an earth and sea variation, particularly an influential and auspicious creature for wealth. It is said to have a voracious appetite towards only gold, silver and jewels. Therefore, traditionally to the Chinese, Pixiu have always been regarded as auspicious creatures that possessed mystical powers capable of drawing Cai Qi (財氣 wealth) from all directions.[1][2] Because of this, according to Chinese zodiac, it is especially helpful for those who are going through a bad year.
    There are two different types of Pixiu, a male and a female. The physical difference is seen by their antlers. The one with two antlers is the female of the species and is called a "Bìxié" and the one with one antler is the male of the species and is called a "Tiān lù".[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixiu
     
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    lol, yeah, I don't know. That's the title lpm are using.

    It's a nice looking coin. It won't be up to the standard of the CIT release from a few years ago, but also won't be the same price point.
     
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    @jultorsk is right. They are stone lions/Foo dogs and not pixiu.
    The description is for pixiu but the image on the coin is a pair of stone lions!
    Some heads in Perth mint may roll?

    Only stone lions play with balls and wear dog bells around their necks.
    FooDogs.jpeg

    Below is a picture of Pixiu
    Pixiu.jpeg
     
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    I guess it could have been worse. They could have confused cats for dogs :)
     
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    Head should roll. No thanks.
     
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    mongrelmaple Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Ainslie have these on preorder now in case anyone was after them. A little pricey though!
     
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    Every time I look at this coin I'm in two minds. I like it one day and dislike it the next. Not sure how I feel but I think I'll pass on picking these up sadly.
     
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    Besides the whole guardian lions vs Pixiu problem (which is strange that they still haven't addressed in their marketing material/description), I still like the look of the design. Again, it is not up to the CIT standard but looks OK to me.
     
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    This is part of the dragon/phoenix series, right? Dragon, phoenix, kylin (replaced by a tiger?), pixiu, tortoise...
     
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    No Lunar, not the same series.

    I think these look cheap and personally, a big pass from me.
     
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    Not lunar. I was under the impression that these were commissioned in Hong Kong for the dragon/phoenix, dragon/dragon, dragon/tiger series?
     
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    It’s an ugly coin. There are now photos of the actual coin on eBay it doesn’t look good. IMO.
    Perth Mint designs are very hit or miss.
     
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    If this is a coin that nobody buys because it looks ugly...then it'll probably be a collectors' item one day.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    This video gives a better look at the coin.

     
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    Aside from the fact that the guy is incentived to hype the coin and the dealer gave him the coin for free, its not a bad coin, has that reverse proof look going for it.

    If it is popular with Chinese folk due to its cultural relevance then it will surely be popular, just not my personal cup of tea.

    Only 50K minted, hard to go wrong if your not paying a massive premium.
     
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    It has a bit of a cartoon feel about it. I'd have to see it in real life to judge better - the Perth Mint coins are always much better when viewed for real.
     
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