On September 6, 2011, the Perth Mint of Australia released proof versions of the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold and Silver Coins. The limited mintages and popularity of the design led to a prompt sell out of the silver proof coins, although the gold proof offerings still remain available.
The 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof Coins feature the same design as the bullion versions, but struck in proof quality. A dragon is depicted with a representation of a pearl, along with the Chinese character for dragon and “Year of the Dragon”.
The Perth Mint offered 1 kilo size proof coins limited to a mintage of 500, 1 ounce proof coins limited to 5,000, and a three coin set (2 oz, 1 oz and 1/2 oz) limited to 1,000 units. The individual coins or the set are packaged in display cases with numbered certificates of authenticity.
Although the silver proof products have sold out, the Perth Mint plans to release additional numismatic versions in the future. The 1 kilo silver gemstone edition, 1 oz silver gilded edition, silver proof colored coin, and the silver typeset collection are scheduled for release on October 4, 2011.
The 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold Proof Coins also feature a dragon with a representation of a pearl. The inscriptions include the Chinese character for dragon, “Year of the Dragon”, and the Perth’s Mint’s “P” mint mark. On the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the denomination, year 2012, and gold content.
Four different gold proof products are offered by the Perth Mint with limited mintages. The 1 oz proof coin is limited to 3,000, the 1/4 oz proof coin is limited to 5,000, the 1/10 oz proof coin is limited to 5,000, and a three coin set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) is limited to 3,000. All coins come in presentation cases with numbered certificates of authenticity.
For more information or to order the 2012 Year of the Dragon numismatic products, visit the Perth Mint’s website.