2018 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Canis 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.
Some consider their powers to be mythical and their battle only metaphorical, but these 12 commanders know better! In a similar way that the twelve animals of the lunar calendar have specific traits by which they exercise influence, so each of the 12 Guardians derive their powers from the same. For example, in the current 12-year cycle, 2018 is the year of the dog. Exerting keen leadership, and fierce loyalty Canis stands his ground as leader of the 12 in this never-ending battle to protect and defend mankind as god’s commanders.
Canis ‑ Year of the Dog
In honor of this timeless story the Republic of Korea and KOMSCO are pleased to release the second Proof medallion in their latest bullion series, 2018 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Canis Proof. True to the distinction the story deserves, each annual release will unveil a spectacular design depicting the Guardian representing that lunar year. Canis stands front and center defending the Year of the Dog, 2018.
As with all twelve of god’s commanders, Canis wears battle gear derived from the power of his animal. Although each commander is revealed in human form, each wears a unique helmet, and wields a specific weapon that is representative of his animal. That weapon is designed to match and defeat the evil forces that seek to enter through the direction he defends.
Spectacular Series Design
The obverse of this 2018 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Canis Proof edition, tthough 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 “2018 FINE SILVER 999” at the left rim, with “1 CLAY” at the right. Below the image is a unique, latent image engraving, that very faintly displays, “999” in a small circle. “KOMSCO” is inscribed at the bottom rim.
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.
Canis ‑ Fierce Display of Power!
The reverse of the 2018 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Canis Proof medallion is incredible in its display of the fierce power Canis wields. In the finest of detail, this active battle scene brings keen focus on the canine aspect of this commander. His primary weapon is the massive arm-guard and claw on his right arm. Engraved upon the guard is the frightening image of “Do ggae bi.” From this extends long, terrible canine claws that are able to rip even a demon to shreds. His body armor is intricately detailed, and designed not only to protect during battle, but also to provoke fear in his enemy.
As with each of the 12 Guardians, Canis wears the helmet fashioned to represent the animal from which his power is drawn. You can clearly see the canine features of this head-gear, yet his face is also openly displayed. This is so his enemy can see the fierceness of his expression as he prepares to shred him. The thick fur of his collar also adds to his canine appearance. His boots are fashioned as dogs’ paws, with extended claws exposed. An amazing full cape and ribbon flow behind Canis in the strong breeze.
The overall design displays the moment before the full engagement of the battle, down to the smallest detail. Distinguishing this Proof edition, as with the obverse, is a brilliant rim-band, without the frosted background texture. Canis’ image extends into this clean band, appearing to be stepping out of the scene.
The second release of the series, 2018 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Canis Proof medallion is a truly remarkable collector piece that should be prominently displayed. We are anxious to see each of the remaining 10 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!
- 2018 1 oz Silver Zi:Sin ‑ Canis Proof.
- Second annual release in the 12-medallion series.
- Ultra-limited mintage of only 3,000.
- Contains 1 troy oz of .999 fine silver.
- Includes a fine display box and Certificate of Authenticity.
- Unique, latent-image technology anti-counterfeiting security feature.
- Obverse: Displays an image of the mythical creature, Do ggae bi, intricately detailed.
- Reverse: Features a fierce battle scene featuring Canis, one of the Twelve Guardians. A single inscription displays “ZI:SIN CANIS.”
- The medallion carries no face value, and is not legal tender.
- KOMSCO guarantees the weight and silver content.