The Perth Mint will soon release the latest Australian Lunar Series II 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Coin. This version is struck in stunning high relief proof and carries a limited mintage of just 7,500.
People born between the dates of January 13, 2012 and February 9, 2013 are said to be born in the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is the only mythological creature included within the Chinese zodiac. People born in dragon years are said to be confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave and passionate.
The 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof High Relief Coin features a representation of a dragon with a pearl of wisdom. The inscription “Year of the Dragon” appears below, with the Chinese character for “dragon” also included. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The inscriptions include the “2012” date, precious metal content “1 oz 999 silver”, and the legal tender face value of “1 Dollar”.
The high relief obverse and reverse designs are minted on concave surfaces to ensure optimum metal flow is achieved by the strike of the die. Each coin has a diameter of 32.60 mm and thickness of 6.00 mm. The coins are housed in a presentation case with a custom designed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
This issue carries a limited mintage of 7,500 coins and is scheduled to go on sale March 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM AWST. For collectors in the United States, this will be March 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM ET.
Once available, the coins can be found in the Perth Mint website recent releases section.