1oz Silver Guardian Coin
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MyGold is honoured to announce the stunning new “1oz Silver Guardian” – a coin that celebrates New Zealand’s unique Māori culture and traditions. This highly crafted icon pays homage to the Earth and acknowledges our collective role in her guardianship. In collaboration with celebrated Māori tattoo artist TURUMAKINA (Tū for short) we bring the exceptional “Silver Guardian” to the market for our privileged customers.
Technically and visually stunning the “Silver Guardian” features Tama-nui-te-rā (our magnificent Sun), on the obverse, and a Manaia on the reverse – a guardian of life in all its manifestations. The Manaia is a believed to be a messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits – in this case to acknowledge the protection of Papatūānuku (the land) and all her resources.
Collectors and precious metals investors will find this piece to be the perfect addition to their collection. The coin represents an intricate combination of master craftsmanship, design, technology and manufacturing processes. To say its design is highly distinctive would be an understatement. More than two years of planning, design and hard work was invested in this beautiful coin.
Weight: 1 Troy Ounce | 31.10g
Purity: 99.9% Fine Silver (.999)
Dimensions: 39mm x 3mm
Finish: Bullion Grade
Date Manufactured: 2017
Certified: MyGold Ltd.
For volume investors, MyGold® offers discounted price break points at the following quantities:
500 x 1oz Silver Guardian Coins
A Closer Look at the Silver Guardian
When first asked to design this special coin, Tū ultimately decided to visualise the “Silver Guardian” as a means of paying homage to nature and life as a whole.
Taking the special outlines he created, we brought his vision to life in 3D with advanced computer aided drafting (CAD) software, translating these outlines into three-dimensional shapes that honour and reflect the Māori tradition of wood carving. The MyGold team made use of the latest technologies and processes during the minting process to generate a truly “reverse proof” coin of the highest quality. Due to the difficulty in manufacturing, the “Silver Guardian” is one of a handful of reverse proof style bullion coins in existence throughout the world.
Manaia was selected for the coin to show reverence for the guardianship of our planet’s “Earth Mother”, commonly referred to by the Māori as Papatūānuku. Look closely at the depiction of Manaia and you will spot a feminine and magnetic aesthetic. Manaia serves to guard life in every form it takes. They safeguard and spur the flow of the life force the Māori refer to as “Mauri”.
The “Silver Guardian” also depicts Taane-Nui-aa-Rangi, the Māori Sky Father. Tū selected Taane for the “Silver Guardian” as he is the creator of human life as well as animals and nature. Taane is also responsible for the desire to procreate and continue the cycle of life across generations. The initial source of all creation, located in the 12th dimension, selected Taane to enter the heavens and access the three baskets of knowledge to improve the human condition and help humanity live in unison with the surrounding environment.
A truly unique, striking and beautiful coin, the “Silver Guardian” belongs in every collector’s library – you’ll likely want to display it year-round for friends and family to appreciate and enjoy.
DESIGNED BY ACCLAIMED ARTIST
Reknowned artist TURUMAKINA (Tuhoe, Ngati Awa, Ngaiterangi) has spent the last 19 years refining his skills as a Ta Moko artist. His artform is heavily based around Maori ancient knowledge and his artwork derives from a centered space of sacred consciousness and spiritual wisdom.
Ko Mataatua Te waka
Ko Toroa Te Rangatira
Ko Puutauaki raatou ko Maunga Poohatu, ko Kopukairoa ngaa Maunga Rangatira
Ko Ohinemateroa te awa Waiora
Ko Ngaati Awa, Ko Tuhoe, Ko Ngaiterangi ngaa iwi
Ko Toroa Te Whare tuupuna ki Pupuuaruhe
Ko Whakataane Te Tuurangawaewae
Ko Turumakina Duley taku ingoa.
A Look at the Māori Culture
The Māori people are the first to live in New Zealand. This indigenous culture has a number of unique traditions, social mores and folkways that are sure to pique the interest of those with even the slightest bit of intellectual curiosity. The original Māori members were settlers from the eastern portion of Polynesia. They arrived in New Zealand at some point between 1250 and 1300 CE. The first of this group to reach New Zealand, referred to at the time as “Aotearoa” or the “Land of the Long White Cloud”, was Kupe. Kupe relied on the currents of the ocean and the stars for navigation as he traveled across the Pacific on a waka hourua (a double hulled ocean faring canoe). Kupe led his people to Northland’s Hokianga Harbour where they spent centuries in isolation. This seclusion is partially responsible for the development of the culture’s distinct way of life referred to as the Māori. As of today about 15 percent of New Zealand’s population claims to be Māori. About 20 percent of these individuals still speak the Māori language, Te Reo Māori.
The Māori’s Ta Moko Tattoos
One of the Māori’s most interesting traditions is Ta moko. This is the art of the Māori tattoo. It is an idiosyncratic visual expression of the group’s cultural identity and heritage. The Ta moko is a permanent tattoo that covers portions of the body and face. The purpose of the Ta moko marking is to indicate one’s whakapapa, meaning his ancestral roots. It also serves as a means of displaying one’s personal history. In the early years of Māori culture, Ta moko markings served to identify one’s social rank, skill, knowledge and even eligibility for marriage. The Ta moko markings are quite distinct. They are spiral shaped with a beautiful elegance and symmetry.
The traditional Ta moko involved a carving of the skin with chisels referred to as “uhi” instead of puncturing the skin. The result was grooves along the surface of the skin rather as opposed to a completely smooth surface. These initial Ta moko tattoos were created with an instrument comprised of teeth or bone, sort of like an early version of the modern day rake. A flat edged blade was pressed to dye to generate a tattoo with a scarred aesthetic. Burning white pine known as “kahikatea” was used as the pigment. Nowadays, the Ta moko is applied to members’ skin with a tattoo machine. However, some ta moko artists still rely on traditional hand tools.
When I was asked to design this coin, the whole idea of it at first went against my ideology of money. I hold the stance that money enslaves humanity. But after some consideration I decided that I would use this opportunity to pay homage to the Earth and to Life in general, to hopefully bring some awareness to the fact that humanity is not at all being sustainable about the limited resources that Mother Earth and Sky Father provides for her children. With this in mind I decided to pay homage to Papatuuaanuku, (Earth Mother) and Ranginui-a-Tamaku-Rangi (Sky Father).