The Perth Mint has released the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold and Silver Bullion Coins. This release continues the Australian Lunar Series II, which features the twelve animals of China’s ancient lunar calendar. The bullion coins are struck in .999 silver or .9999 gold and available in a wide array of sizes.
People born within the date range of January 13, 2012 to February 9, 2013 are said to be born in the Year of the Dragon. Previous date ranges have included the years 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 196, 1976, 1988, and 2000. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave, and passionate.
The reverse design of the Perth Mint’s 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold Coins depicts a dragon with a representation of a pearl. The Chinese character for Dragon and “Year of the Dragon” also appear. On the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the date “2012”, and denomination for the coin.
The gold coins are struck in .9999 purity and available in sizes ranging from 10 kilo to 1/20 ounce. A mintage limit of 100 is imposed for the 10 kilo coins, and 30,000 for the 1 ounce coins. The other available sizes have unlimited mintages until the close of production at the end of 2012. All coins have a release date of September 1, 2011, except for the 10 kilo coin, which will be available November 14, 2011 on a made to order basis.
Lunar Gold Bullion Coin Series II – 2012 Year of the Dragon
|Size||Gold Content||Denom||Weight||Diameter||Thickness||Max Mintage|
|10 kilo||321.507 oz||30,000 AUD||10,001 g||180.6 mm||25 mm||100|
|1 kilo||32.151 oz||3,000 AUD||1,000.1 g||100.6 mm||9 mm||N/A|
|10 oz||10 oz||1,000 AUD||311.067 g||75.6 mm||6 mm||N/A|
|2 oz||2 oz||200 AUD||62.215 g||41.1 mm||3.9 mm||N/A|
|1 oz||1 oz||100 AUD||31.112 g||39.34 mm||2.5 mm||30,000|
|1/2 oz||0.5 oz||50 AUD||15.554 g||30.6 mm||2.5 mm||N/A|
|1/4 oz||0.25 oz||25 AUD||7.777 g||22.6 mm||2.2 mm||N/A|
|1/10 oz||0.1 oz||15 AUD||3.111 g||18.6 mm||2 mm||N/A|
|1/20 oz||0.05 oz||5 AUD||1.556 g||14.6 mm||1.4 mm||N/A|
The 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Bullion Coins feature an alternate design of a dragon with a representation of a pearl. The Chinese character for dragon and inscription “Year of the Dragon” also appear. The obverse carries the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2012” date and the monetary denomination.
Each silver coin is struck in .999 purity and available in sizes ranging from 10 kilo to 1/2 ounce. A mintage limit of 500 pieces applies to the 10 kilo coins and 300,000 to the 1 ounce coins. The other sizes have an unlimited mintage until the close of production at the end of 2012. The release date for each coin is September 1, 2011, except for the 10 kilo size, which will be available November 14, 2011.
Lunar Silver Bullion Series II – 2012 Year of the Dragon
|Size||Silver Content||Denom||Weight||Diameter||Thickness||Max Mintage|
|10 kilo||321.510 oz||300 AUD||10,010 g||221 mm||33 mm||500|
|1 kilo||32.151 oz||30 AUD||1,001.002 g||100.6 mm||14.6 mm||N/A|
|10 oz||10 oz||10 AUD||311.347 g||85.6 mm||6.6 mm||N/A|
|5 oz||5 oz||8 AUD||155.673 g||65.6 mm||5.8 mm||N/A|
|2 oz||2 oz||2 AUD||62.270 g||55.6 mm||3.6 mm||N/A|
|1 oz||1 oz||1 AUD||31.135 g||45.6 mm||2.6 mm||300,000|
|1/2 oz||0.5 oz||0.50 AUD||15.591 g||36.6 mm||2.3 mm||N/A|