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传家之宝 Chuan Jia Zhi Bao (Family Heirloom)

1 oz Pure Silver Coin – Republique du Tchad 2020 – 5000 Francs CFA

In Chinese culture, it is a tradition that one should prepare and pass down an heirloom of some sort to the next generation, as a reminder and connection to one’s ancestry. This could be in the form of an antique, a business, a timepiece, or any object with a story that connects the bond down the family line. The family heirloom or 传家之宝 in Chinese is thus a great treasure that carries profound meaning and invaluable significance to every Chinese family. They serve as reminders of who we are and where we come from, as physical mementos that carry intangible emotions of remembrance of our past.

When your time comes, what will you leave behind for your predecessors? The Chuan Jia Zhi Bao collectible was designed with this thought in mind. The Chinese word “家” has the meaning of both “Family” and “Home”, and is purposefully presented as the focal point of this collectible. In the foreground, a typical Chinese family is coming together for a meal at home, where 3 children are happily enjoying each other’s company while their parents look on in contentment. This image is the quintessential representation of a Chinese home, where the gathering of family members for meals is a time for bonding and togetherness. Behind them are lines from a Chinese poem, “相親相愛家庭和睦, 互諒互幫鄰里溫馨”, which encourages mutual understanding and love for a harmonious family.

This collectible is delivered within a handcrafted case, specially designed for collectors to store various other family treasures. It is spacious and sturdy enough to store photographs and letters, alongside other common and cherished heirloom items such as jewelry and watches. For purveyors and collectors of precious metals and artifacts, the beginning of a legacy starts with this coin. Its expression of ‘Home’ is exact to Chinese belief, and reminds one to always return home to family – a token that forms a connection forever.