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In East Asia, bronze “cash” coins were used for commerce. These round coins were cast with a square hold in the center, used to string coins together for easier counting and transportation. Collectors around the world are familiar with these classic coins, but what many don’t know is that a larger, more elite version was also cast in far smaller numbers…
The Vault Protector
On very special occasions in ancient times, 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.
Now, 25 years later, the Unicorn is reborn as a special Vault Protector Proof—the first-ever Unicorn to feature the square “cash” hole!
Struck in a full kilo of 99.9% fine silver, 88 “lucky” grams of 99.9% pure gold and 88 “lucky” grams 99.9% pure platinum (the number “8” being considered very lucky in Chinese culture), the 2019 Unicorn Vault Protector Proofs are unlike anything in your collection.
Struck in stunning Proof condition, utilizing multiple, high-pressure strikes with specially prepared dies and highly polished blanks, these pieces feature frosty designs and lustrous, mirror-like fields.
Unlike the original Unicorn Proof struck in 1994, these 25th anniversary proofs display both the Eastern and Western Unicorn designs together, allowing you to examine the fine detail and interesting differences without having to flip the coin over. If you do, though, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Great Wall of China stretching out before you to meet the horizon.
The design comes to us by prominent Chinese coin designer Song Fei, creator of several nationally recognized designs, including 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 Chinese Lunar Zodiac coins and the 2017 Panda bi-metal coin.
A number of these limited-edition proof come certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as First Day of Issue (FDI), meaning they were received by NGC within 24 hours of the mintage’s release!
As if that weren’t enough, each label will also bear the hand-signed autograph of Song Fei, the proof’s designer!
The original 1994 Unicorn Proof is renowned for its incredibly limited mintages. This release is no different, with each proof carrying a strictly limited mintage—with even fewer certified by NGC as FDI and sealed with a hand-signed label.
It’s been 25 years since the world saw the first Unicorn Proof released out of China. This release marks the first-ever Unicorn Proof struck with the iconic “cash” hole that has helped make Chinese coinage famous around the world.
It’s time to make sure your collection or vault is properly protected—hurry and secure your 2019 Unicorn Vault Protector Proofs before our limited supply runs out. Limited-edition sets are also available, but only while our supply lasts!
2019 88-Gram Platinum Unicorn Vault Protector Proof
2019 88-Gram Gold Unicorn Vault Protector Proof
2019 Kilo Silver Unicorn Vault Protector Proof
For ages, the Vault Protector has been used to guard wealth and prosperity. 25 years ago, collectors got their first glimpse at how beautiful a China Unicorn Proof could be. This release re-imagines the Unicorn Proof for 2019 as a new generation of Vault Protectors. Mintages are incredibly limited, so don’t delay—secure your 2019 Unicorn Vault Protector Proofs now!
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