The street shops in Pagoda Street and its adjoining lanes in Chinatown Singapore are all full of "3 for $10" type of souvenirs. There are more valuable things too around there but stuff like that is easily available all over Singapore at comparable prices. So, is there something really special to buy in Chinatown Singapore? Yes there is and it is pure 24-karat gold, well, at least the gold plating on it. This is "Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin" minted at The Singapore Mint in partnership with the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple of Chinatown. This auspicious coin has Eight Auspicious Symbols on one side and 12 Zodiac Signs surrounding Eight Sanskrit Syllables on the other side. All these are related to good things in life like health, wealth, and fame, etc. The coin is sold in a beautiful packaging just for 10 Singapore Dollars a piece. One can buy it to keep in the wallet as a lucky charm or gift it to a loved one. I haven't seen such a beautiful and value for money souvenir in Singapore. The inner packaging of the coin has write-ups in Chinese and English that describe the symbols on this coin. Keep reading...
|The Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore|
|The Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore|
According to the write-up, "The 24k gold-plated Eight-Auspicious Emblems Gold Coin is a joint effort of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Singapore) and the Singapore Mint. The gold coin depicts the Eight Auspicious Symbols and Twelve Zodiac Signs. The Eight Auspicious Symbols are namely, the Precious Conch, the Precious Dharma Wheel, the Precious Parasol, The Supreme Victory Banner, the Excellent Lotus, the Great Inexhaustible Treasure Vase, a Pair of Golden Fish, and the Glorious Interwoven Knot of Life. They are also called the "Eight Treasures" representing prosperity, wealth, fame, longevity, and the pursuit of happiness. While the Twelve Zodiac Signs symbolize stability, security, and fulfilment, the Eight Sanskrit Syllables signify the protection and blessings from the Eight Guardian Protectors. The Eight-Auspicious Emblems Gold Coin is a lucky charm that can be carried in wallets for luck and prosperity."
The packaging further states that "all proceeds from the sale of gold coins will go to the operating funds of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Singapore)".
|Twelve Zodiac Signs and Eight Sanskrit Syllables on Gold Coin at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore|
|The Eight-Auspicious Emblems on Gold Coin at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore|
The quality of the plating and the markings are all very precise and therefore, the coin looks expensive and like real gold.
|The gold and red cover of The Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore|
Where to Buy
|The souvenir shop in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Chinatown Singapore|
The Eight-Auspicious Emblem Gold Coin can be purchased at the small souvenir shop located on the 4th floor inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple of Chinatown Singapore. This coin is available only as long as the stocks last. I am sure the temple keeps ordering fresh supplies but there was a time in 2014 when the coin was out of stock for months. So I suggest that you buy it when you see it, don't wait.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|