2021 China Vault Protector Vermilion Bird of the South 1 oz Silver Proof Medal NGC PF70 UC First Release

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Why make this flawless First Releases 2021 Vermilion Bird of the South 1 oz. Silver Proof Vault Protector Medal the next addition to your collection?

The final release of the Four Guardians series is a celebration of the Vermilion Bird of the South. Like the three previous releases of the series, this silver proof medal is crafted in the style of a vault protector. The ancient vault protectors were minted as oversized cash coins with a central square hole, exclusively for the purpose of hanging, usually with a red silk ribbon, to ward off evil and serve as a magnet for good luck, wealth and prosperity. In Chinese mythology, the Vermilion Bird guards the southern direction, the summer season and the element of fire, and is the symbol for the color red due to its fiery plumage.

  • This 2021 Vermilion Bird of the South Four Guardians Vault Protector medal contains 1 Troy oz. of .999 fine silver.
  • The medal is the fourth and final release of the series.
  • The non-denominated medal is a product of the New Century Mint located in Shanghai, China.
  • The 40 mm diameter medal features an exquisite proof finish.
  • The medal is minted with a "cash coin" type of square hole at the center.
  • The flawlessly graded medal received the First Releases attribution. 
  • Mintage is limited to just 1,888 pieces.

Gorgeously Detailed Vermilion Bird Design by Artist Song Fei

Obverse: On the obverse, an exquisite rendition of the Great Wall of China illustrates the landmark cutting through China's mountainous terrain, while framing the medal's square hole. Inscribed "1 OZ AG .999" and "2021."

Reverse: The reverse features a high relief interpretation of the Vermilion Bird preparing to strike, with its long, curling tail feathers elegantly wrapping around the square hole. A compass rose surrounded by auspicious clouds, and the inscription "VERMILION BIRD OF THE SOUTH - SUMMER" are located below. Song Fei is an internationally recognized award-winning coin artist, known for the design of the 2017 Panda bi-metal coin.

Proof 70 Ultra Cameo Excellence 

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) received this 2021 China Vermilion Bird of the South Vault Protector Medal for grading within thirty days of release, qualifying for the First Releases designation. Featuring an exceptional amount of visual contrast between finishes, with perfectly struck, flawless surfaces, the medal was awarded the NGC's highest grade of Proof 70 Ultra Cameo (UC). The proof medal is sonically sealed in a NGC protective holder with a charming certification label designed specifically for releases of the Four Guardians series. A colorful booklet describing the Four Guardians series, a story card and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity are included with the graded medal, as well as a drawstring pouch.

Add this perfectly graded First Releases 1 oz. Silver Proof 2021 Vermilion Bird of the South Four Guardians Vault Protector Medal to your collection now!

Year of Issue:2021
Mint:New Century Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Release Type:First Releases
Display Weight:1 oz
Weight in Grams:31.1035 g
Weight in Ounces:1 oz
Diameter:40 mm
Obverse Design:Great Wall of China
Reverse Design:Vermillion Bird of the South