The Perth Mint will soon release a limited edition ten coin set for the popular Australian Lunar Series II – 2012 Year of the Dragon. Each set includes nine 1 oz silver specimen quality colored coins and a 1 oz silver bullion coin.
People born within the Year of the Dragon said to be confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave, and passionate. The current Year of the Dragon includes the date range of January 13, 2012 to February 9, 2013. Previous years included 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, and 2000. The dragon is the only mythological creature included within the Chinese zodiac.
The silver ten coin set adds to an assortment of 2012 Year of the Dragon coins that have been offered by the Perth Mint. Previous releases have included gold and silver bullion coins in a range of different weights and numismatic versions including proof, gilded, gemstone, colored, and high relief coins.
The reverse design of each coin in the latest set depicts a dragon with a representation of the pearl of wisdom. The Chinese character for “dragon” and the inscription “Year of the Dragon” appear along with the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The obverse of each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions including the “2012” date and “1 oz 999 silver”.
The nine colored coins in the set feature the dragon in red, blue, brown, purple, silver, white, yellow, black, and gold. The tenth coin carries a traditional bullion finish.
Each set will be housed in a presentation case with a custom designed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. No more than 2,500 ten-coin sets will be released by The Perth Mint.
Sales are scheduled to begin on April 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM (AWST). For collectors in the United States, this will be April 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM ET.
For additional information or placing orders, please visit the Perth Mint product page.