The Perth Mint is famous for its Chinese-themed designs, in particular, the gold and silver coins of the Lunar Series I and II collections. Also available from the Perth Mint in this particular vein are the Australian Dragon coins. Available in both silver and gold bullion, these coins are distinct in terms of shape and offer a beautiful design element on the reverse. Today, 2018 1 oz Gold Australian Dragon Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of individual capsules!
- Unique rectangular coin design!
- Mintage limited to 25,000 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- The face value of $100 (AUD) is fully backed by Australia’s government.
- On the obverse side is Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
- The reverse includes the depiction of a Chinese dragon pursuing a flaming pearl.
Dragons are mystical creatures that many cultures hold up as divine beings. However, various cultures view the dragon differently. To the people of Europe in the Medieval period, dragons were fearsome beasts that wrought destruction in their path and sought only to destroy. To the people of China, dragons are much different.
In Chinese culture, dragons are viewed as symbols of power and strength by emperors and as a sign of wealth and good fortune to all. Dragons in Chinese culture are depicted as serpent-like beasts with six legs and no wings, while European depictions of dragons showcased massive beasts with wings, four legs, and the ability to breathe fire.
On the obverse side of the 2018 1 oz Gold Australian Dragon Coin, you’ll find the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the fourth-generation design from the Royal Mint of England created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, and is the fifth portrait of the Queen ever to appear on Australian coinage from the Perth Mint.
The reverse face of 2018 Gold Australian Dragon Coins depicts a dragon with a body that twists along the vertical face of the bar. The dragon is depicted in pursuit of a flaming pearl, a symbol of powerful wisdom. Dragons are also associated with the elements, most notably wind and water. The blowing clouds and crashing waves featured in the background design elements point to this belief.
Founded in 1899, the Perth Mint is Australia’s oldest operating mint today. Once part of the Royal Mint of England system on the continent, Perth Mint is now owned and operated by the government of Western Australia.
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