The Australia Post and the Perth Mint will issue a stamp and coin cover to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. The product includes an Australian legal tender coin, official Australia Post stamps, and a specially designed presentation envelope.
In Chinese culture, people born within the Year of the Dragon are regarded as confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave and passionate. The current year of the Dragon covers the date range of January 13, 2012 to February 9, 2013. Previous years included 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, and 2000.
The coin included in each stamp and coin cover is struck in aluminum bronze and carries a depiction of a dragon with a pearl of wisdom. The Chinese character for “Dragon” appears with “Year of the Dragon” below the image. The obverse of the coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the “2012” date and “1 Dollar” legal tender face value. Each coin has a diameter of 30.60 mm, thickness of 3.10 mm, and weight of 2.50 grams.
Two official Australia Post stamps are included. The 60c and $1.80 stamps depict a stylized dragon and the Chinese character for “dragon”. The post mark is for the first day of issue “10 January 2012” and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity and official number.
Priced at AUS $15.95 including GST, the 2012 Year of the Dragon Stamp and Coin Cover makes an affordable gift or collectible.
For additional information on other recent product releases and ordering, please visit the Perth Mint’s website.