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 100, 300 or 1,000 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, 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.
2019 marks the 25th anniversary of China’s original Unicorn coin series. Released in 1994, the coin featured both Eastern and Western depictions of the mythological creature. More importantly, it’s become an incredibly prized coin by collectors for its incredible scarcity—just 10,000 one-ounce silver, 1,500 five-ounce silver and just 1,100 one-ounce gold Unicorn Proofs were struck.
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 99.9% fine silver and 99.99% pure gold, 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 on the same size, allowing you to examine the fine detail and interesting differences without having to flip the commemorative 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 Buddhist cultural coinage and the 2017 Panda bi-metal coin.
Each limited-edition proof comes certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as First Day of Issue, meaning it was secured from the mint and received by NGC for certification within 24 hours of the mintage’s release.
That means every Unicorn Vault Protector Proof you secure today will arrive sealed in a protective NGC display holder decorated with a descriptive label.
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 First Day of Issue 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!
2019 One-Ounce Gold Unicorn Vault Protector Proof
2019 Five-Ounce Silver Unicorn Vault Protector Proof
2019 One-Ounce Silver Unicorn Vault Protector Proof
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