2017 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Gallus Proof
Sure, you know all about the Chinese Shengxiào calendar and the twelve-year celestial-cycle that influences those born during each specific year of the cycle. But, did you have any idea that there is a whole other side to this story?
Although each animal representing a year in the Shengxiào exerts a power that can influence for good or ill. That is only the side into which we humans have any insight. You are very likely to be completely taken off-guard to find out that there is an entire realm surrounding this cycle from which we have been shielded.
Twelve Guardians ‑ Zi-Sin
What is this story? Zi:Sin! The battle! This battle is real, and it is relentless. Twelve Guardians have been established to serve as god's commanders to protect mankind. Each stand to defend from demonic attacks and ambushes that come from the twelve directions represented on lunar calendar-wheel. The individual commanders are empowered to stand against the specific evil forces that come from the direction they defend. To the Twelve Guardians, the earth is a battlefield and there is no rest.
Spectacular Series Design
The obverse of this 2017 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Gallus Proof edition, though it will be common to each of the Proof editions of the series, is anything but common! Displayed in exquisite detail is "Do ggae bi," which should always be pronounced with an exclamation point! Do ggae bi (!) is a mythical figure from Korean lore that had the power to protect from evil spirits. The actual design used is from a roof tile dating from the Silla Dynasty. This kingdom ruled over south-eastern Korea during the very important Three Kingdoms period, extending from the 1st century BC to 7th century AD.
Setting itself apart from the BU edition, this stunning Proof is highlighted by brilliant rim-band, without the frosted background texture. Inscriptions within the band include "REPUBLIC OF KOREA" encircling the top rim, and "2017 FINE SILVER 999" at the left rim, with "1 CLAY" at the right, and THE KOMSCO logo at the bottom. Below the Do ggae bi image is a unique, latent image engraving, that very faintly displays, "999" in a small circle.
Interestingly, the "1 Clay" is a new measurement developed by KOMSCO. It references 1 unit of 1 troy oz of the metal. The word clay is considered to be of the soil, out of which the metal was derived.
Gallus ‑ Messenger of Light
There is a darkness blacker than human experience, or even imagination can begin to comprehend. In fact, to experience it would collapse all comprehension except for utter despair. This is the dwelling of the demons that constantly conspire to invade the bright dwelling of men to collapse it into the calamity of utter darkness. However, there is set at the western gate one that defends this entry from these constant onslaughts ‑ Gallus! Messenger of Light.
Standing between utter darkness and the Light in which men were established to dwell, Gallus defends the Light's realm. Represented in the Shengxiào calendar by the Year of the Rooster, Gallus breaks the black darkness of night from the brilliance of the light of day. His weapons of defense extend far beyond the announcement of the breaking of the dawn. He stands guard against the blackest of blackness from which there would be no deliverance. Gallus stands alert at the gate, fully armored against the demonic assaults of the dark realm.
As represented on the reverse of this fine silver bullion medallion, Gallus stands his ground in full-body armor. Emblazoned upon his shoulder-shield is the image of his power, Gallus (Rooster). His specially forged weapon is something between a spear and a battle-axe. The head of which is a massive curved-blade that extends to a sharp point. The fearsome image of Do ggae bi is reflected on the blade.
Although they never cease their attempted breaches upon the gate, not one dark demon has been able to best this Guardian. Gallus proudly displays his allegiance to the Shengxiào by the display of his helmet, designed in honor of the rooster, the morning messenger of the dawn. Distinguishing this Proof edition, as with the obverse, is a brilliant rim-band, without the frosted background texture. Gallus's image extends into this clean band, appearing to be stepping out of the scene.
This inaugural series release of the 2017 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Gallus Proof medallion is a strikingly remarkable collector piece that should be prominently displayed among your most treasured pieces. We are anxious to see each of the remaining 11 medallions released over the coming years. With an ultra-limited mintage of of only 3,000, you must be quick if you don't want to miss out on this series!
- 2017 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Gallus Proof.
- First annual release in the 12-medallion Zi:Sin series.
- Ultra-limited mintage of only 3,000.
- Includes a fine display box and Certificate of Authenticity.
- Contains 1 troy oz of .999 fine silver.
- Unique, latent-image technology anti-counterfeiting security feature.
- Obverse: Displays an image of the mythical creature, Do ggae bi, intricately detailed.
- Reverse: Features a strikingly beautiful depiction of Gallus, Messenger and Defender of the Light. A single inscription displays "ZI:SIN GALLUS."
- The medallion carries no face value, and is not legal tender.
- KOMSCO guarantees the weight and silver content.