The 2012 Lunar Year of the Dragon 1 oz silver coin is the fifth entry in Series II of the world-famous Lunar Series of silver coins from the Perth Mint. Each year, the Perth Mint issues gold and silver coins in a range of sizes which feature that year's patron animal from the Chinese Lunar calendar.
The 2012 1 oz Lunar Dragon is made from 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver, and was limited to a mintage of 300,000 coins. The 1 oz silver Lunar coins are the collectible coins in the bullion series and rapidly sell out at the mint each year. This year's design features a Chinese dragon floating in the air, alongside the mystical flying Pearl of Wisdom. The Chinese character for Dragon appears near the middle of the coin, with the motto "Year of the Dragon" below.
The Dragon is the fifth animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Persons born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be elegant, noble, and adventurous. The Dragon's best friends are the Rat, the Monkey, and the Snake. Relations with the Dog seldom end well.
Persons born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012 are said to be born in the Year of the Dragon.
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