Let China’s Third Legendary Guardian Shield Your Vault
For more than 6,000 years, the mythic Guardians have stood watch over China. The White Tiger of the West, the Azure Dragon of the East, the Black Warrior of the North and the Vermilion Bird of the South represent not only the four directions of the compass, but also the four seasons. Now, in an exclusive series, each of the Guardians is being struck in China as a special Vault Protector Proof. This third release unleashes the Black Warrior of the North!
The Black Warrior of the North
In Chinese culture, the word “tortoise” is taboo. Instead, they refer to this mighty Guardian as the Black Warrior for the “shield” it wears on its back. Unlike the other Guardians, the Black Warrior (also known as Xuan Wu) is comprised of two beings—a snake-headed tortoise with an angry serpent curled around its shell. This makes the Black Warrior an incredibly powerful being. However, the tortoise’s long life also associates the Black Warrior with wisdom, and it is said to be completely versed in Buddha’s teachings.
The Black Warrior of the North is also associated with the winter season, the color black and the natural element of water.
What is a Vault Protector?
In East Asia, bronze “cash” coins were a centerpiece of local commerce. These classic round coins featured the iconic square hole in the center to allow specific amounts to be strung together and easily counted and transported.
On very special occasions, Chinese mints would cast larger, thicker, heavier coins that also bore the square hole. These coins were not made for circulation, but for ornamentation. At the treasury, these coins would be hung with red silk string through their holes, placed over the altar in the treasury’s spirit hall, where offerings could be made to gods of fortune, prosperity and wealth.
These “Vault Protector” coins were believed to protect their owners against disaster and ensure the favor of the gods. For this reason, those with the financial means would often secure one of these coins and leave it in their vaults to guard the rest of their fortune.
The Black Warrior of the North Vault Protector Proof is available struck in one or five ounces of 99.9% fine silver, one ounce of 99.9% pure gold, one ounce of 99.9% pure platinum, or as an exciting set. A three-piece set contains the one-ounce gold, one-ounce silver and five-ounce silver proofs, and a four-piece set includes these same proofs along with the one-ounce platinum proof.
Powerful Song Fei Design
All four Black Warrior of the Vault Protector Proofs share the same reverse design crafted by famed Chinese coin designer Song Fei. Working with China’s Shenzhen Mint, Song Fei has gained international attention for his designs of cultural significance and beauty.
The reverse depicts the Black Warrior of the North as it protects the square “cash” hole in the proof’s center. As is tradition, the tortoise and serpent heads face one another. At the bottom of the design is a compass and the words “Xuan Wu of the North-Winter.”
Struck in Shanghai, China, all four dramatic Vault Protectors are minted in Proof condition, with frosty designs and mirrored fields. The shared obverse displays the Great Wall of China, as well as each proof’s weight and fineness.
Certified Flawless and First Day of Issue (FDI) by NGC
These proofs are available certified and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as flawless Proof 70 Ultra Cameo (PF70 UC) condition. In addition, NGC has bestowed upon each piece the special First Day of Issue (FDI) designation, certifying that they were secured from the mint on the very first day of the mintage's release.
What’s more, each NGC label will bear the hand-written autograph of designer Song Fei!
Exclusive Limited Release
This is a worldwide exclusive release. Only a limited number of 2021 Black Warrior of the North Vault Protector Proofs have been minted. Of this mintage, even fewer have been certified by NGC as flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo as well as First Day of Issue. Don’t miss out on the newest release of this exciting new Vault Protector series!
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