|Face Value:||30 Dollars|
The craftsmanship of the Lunar Coins Series, the popularity of the Chinese Zodiac, and the bullion prices at which these coins are generally offered have made the Perth Mint’s Lunar series highly desirable by investors and collectors.
The reverse of each 2012 silver dragon coin depicts a long, scaled, serpentine dragon, a symbol of power, strength and good luck. The reverse also includes a depiction of a “pearl of wisdom. The Chinese character for “dragon” and the inscription “Year of the Dragon” also appear in the design with the Perth Mint’s traditional “P” mintmark.
The obverse of each 2012 silver dragon coin displays Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Perth Mint Lunar gold and silver series are issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965.
Chinese Lunar Calendar
The 12-year Chinese Lunar Calendar dates back to before 2600 BC. The Lunar Calendar is imbued with symbolism and mysticism. Each year of the Lunar Calendar represents an animal: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each animal is characterized by one of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Combined, each element is associated with each animal once every 60 years. According to Chinese tradition, each animal and element has a marked influence on the personality of those born under its sign. The element associated with the 2012 Dragon is Water.
According to Chinese mythology, the Dragon is yang and complements a yin fenguang (Chinese phoenix).
While China officially uses the Gregorian calendar, or Western calendar, the Lunar Calendar is still used for determining festivals.
Some other adjectives associated with people born under the dragon sign include confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave and passionate.
Silver Coins added to Lunar Series in 1999
The Perth Mint originally began the Lunar series in just gold in 1996. In 1999, the mint added silver coins. Over time, the mint added additional sizes to each series as popularity for the coins grew.
The Perth Mint’s Lunar series is now in its second series. The 2000 one-ounce Year of the Dragon silver bullion coin is part of series 1. The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series 1 ended in 2007 with the issuance of the Year of the Pig coins.