The Perth Mint has released the “Dragon and His Nine Sons” High Relief Silver Proof Coin, which is composed of five ounces of 99.9% silver and has a mintage limited to 1,000 pieces. Measuring 50.60 mm in diameter, this issue was designed with the unusually high thickness of 12.50 mm and is available for $453.64 AUD ($337.76 USD).
The reverse of the coin features images of the dragon with his nine sons, sculpted in high relief. The dragon is a symbol of good fortune in Chinese mythology, and his sons each represent facets of Chinese culture, “representing music or physical abilities,” according the Mint’s product page for the item. Inscribed along the rim of the coin, which was designed by Ing Ing Jong, is DRAGON & HIS NINE SONS.
The obverse carries Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 5 OZ 999 SILVER, 2016, 5 DOLLARS, and TUVALU, the issuing country, included along the rim.
The 2016 Dragon and His Nine Sons High Relief Silver Proof Coin comes packaged in a black leatherette case with a certificate of authenticity. For more information, please visit the Web site of the Perth Mint.
You can also watch a short promotional video for the coin below.