The Lunar Series coins from the Perth Mint first debuted in 1996 and were issued in two separate series. The first collection ran from 1996 to 2007 from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Pig. Lunar Series II debuted in 2008 and ran through 2019, again following a pattern from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Pig. Today, 2012 1/4 oz Gold Australian Lunar Dragon Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship inside of individual plastic capsules!
- Fifth coin issued in the Lunar Series II collection!
- Mintage limited to 18,620 coins only!
- Consists of One-Quarter Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- The face value of $25 (AUD) is fully backed by the Australian government.
- On the obverse is Queen Elizabeth II.
- The reverse includes a distinctive dragon design.
- “P” mint marks from the Perth Mint.
The Lunar Series I and Lunar Series II collections from the Perth Mint were unique in their adherence to the proper cycle of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The 12-year cycle of the Zodiac begins with the Year of the Rat and concludes with the Year of the Pig, a feature that no other lunar-themed collection has stuck to over the years.
All 2012 1/4 oz Gold Australian Lunar Dragon Coins in this product listing are available to you with protective plastic flips. The Gold Lunar coins from the Perth Mint are available annually in 10 different weights. These include 10 kilogram, 1 kilogram, 10 oz, 2 oz, and 1 oz coins alongside four fractional-weight coins.
On the obverse side of 2012 1/4 oz Gold Australian Dragon Coins is an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is featured here in right-profile relief in a design from Ian Rank-Broadley. This is the fourth-generation design from the Royal Mint of England, but the fifth-generation design used on Australian coins from 1998 to 2018.
The reverse face of 2012 Gold Australian Lunar Dragon Coins includes a depiction of a dragon. The dragon is the most revered symbol from Chinese mythology and is said to have the ability to control the weather, particularly rain. Dragons in Chinese culture are depicted as snake-like creatures with four or six legs and no wings. This dragon winds its figure across the design field in pursuit of the flaming pearl.
Founded in 1899, the Perth Mint is the last of the three Royal Mint of England facilities established on the continent in the 19th century. Today, the Perth Mint is owned by the government of Western Australia and its coinage is recognized as official legal tender currency.
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