This marvellous 2 Oz Silver coin is the first release in the new “Chinese Mythology” series, dedicated to the Chinese legendary gods. In this edition – Erlang Shen. The coin presents wonderful and detailed Reliefs, has a selective Gold plating with an Antique Finish quality.
The following coins are already issued in this series:1
Erlang Shen, or Erlang is a Chinese God with a third truth-seeing eye in the middle of his forehead. Er-lang Shen may be a deified version of several semi-mythical folk heroes who help regulate China's torrential floods, dating variously from the Qin, Sui and Jin dynasties. A later Buddhist source identify him as the second son of the Northern Heavenly King Vaishravana. In the Ming semi-mythical novels Creation of the Gods and Journey to the West Erlang Shen is the nephew of the Jade Emperor. In the former he assisted the Zhou army in defeating the Shang. In the latter, he is the second son of a mortal and Jade emperor's brother. In the legend, he is known as the greatest warrior god of heaven. Erlang Shen is also identified with Zhao Yu, a hermit who lived on Mount Qingcheng and was appointed by Emperor Yang of Sui as Governor of Jiazhou. Zhao Yu is said to have set forth with 1000 men to defeat a flood dragon that had been tormenting the area. Upon reaching the river Zhao Yu dived into the water with his double-edged sword and emerged holding the dragon’s head, Following his death, according to the Chronicle of Changshu County, the region was once again plagued by flood and he was seen riding a white horse amidst the swirling currents. The locals built a temple enshrining Zhao Yu as the God Erlang and the floods were subdued.
The reverse of the coin depicts Erlang Shen with his celestial hound beside him. The background is packed with Chinese architecture. The lance and his cloak are gilded, which should stand out well against a dark background. On the top of the coin the name of the coin written in Chinese characters. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “2 oz 999 Fine Silver” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “NIUE” – the issuing country, “FIVE DOLLARS” – the face value and “2018” – the year of issue.
|Weight (g)||2 oz|
|Presentation case (box)||Yes|
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