1 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon 2012 Gold Coin
As a long-term partner of the Perth Mint, Tavex is pleased to offer one of world’s finest minted gold bullion coins, the 2012 Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon. The gold coin is part of Perth Mint’s praised chronological gold bullion collection, the Australian Lunar Series II, where each coin in the series is only minted once every twelve years in accordance with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. In addition, the most popular one-ounce version in the series has a limited annual mintage of only 30,000 pieces, giving the coin a considerable collector’s premium in the secondary market.
The Year of the Dragon gold coin contains 99.99% pure gold and is produced with a special minting technique that ensures the coin is in proof-like condition, meaning it has exceptionally shiny and mat surfaces coupled with the richest of detail. This coin is truly a piece of breathtaking gold art suitable for collectors with an eye for beauty and those who wish to give their loved ones something really memorable and special.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are money. The Gold Lunar Series was introduced for the first time in 1996 and every gold coin in the series, including the Year of the Dragon, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are rare. Issued only twice since the Lunar Series started, in 2000 and 2012, the one-ounce Year of the Dragon coin is one of the rarest 24 karat legal tender gold bullion coins to be issued in the 21st century with a mintage of only 60,000 gold pieces.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the dragon are generally perceived to be dominant, noble, powerful and determined, but with the characteristic of being hot-headed and rebellious.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are great gifts for your loved ones. Give a tribute to the ones you appreciate by marking their virtues and year of birth in pure 24 karat gold, a gift that will stay with them forever.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are made in proof condition. Minted with such high quality, brilliance and rich detail, it becomes hard not to call it “my precious”.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the dragon that varies every 12th year, its maximum mintage limit, and its quality, purity and legal tender status mean that the coin has a considerable premium over its melt value in the secondary market.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins are internationally recognised. By being part of the Australian Gold Lunar Series which has been in continuous production for 18 years, and by portraying motifs of the famous Chinese zodiac and the effigy of the most powerful and longest serving queen in the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coin is recognised throughout the world by bullion dealers and collectors alike.
Australian Lunar gold coin – Year of the Dragon
The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinese zodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each of them being celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the dragon was last celebrated in 2012.
Those born in the year of the dragon are considered to be persons who are vigorous and strong, highly self-assured and proud, and their enthusiasm in embracing challenges and risk inspires confidence and trust in other people. Their energetic way of life can make them somewhat short-tempered and they do have a tendency of being rebellious. Although the year of the dragon is coupled with power and determination, the inner energy of people born under this sign will often manifest itself as personal warmth and kindness, making them especially generous towards the people they care about.
It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Dragon coin is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you are showing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious golden artwork.
Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced the Lunar Year of the Dragon gold coins for the first time in 2000 and subsequently issued the coins again in 2012. The next issue of the Year of the Dragon will only become available in 2024, when the dragon, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again captivate people’s imagination. In 2000 the gold coin was offered in 1 kg, 10 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights, while the 2012 issue added one new weight: 10 kg. The one-ounce pieces were sold out in both years, reaching the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 gold coins in each respective year. If the mintage of all Year of the Dragon gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 237,650 gold pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of other well-known investment bullion coins. For example, the Australian Kangaroo one-ounce gold coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of the Year of the Dragon Gold Series every year. Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.
The Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is a world distinguished mint and precious metals refiner that is located in the City of Perth, in Western Australia. The Perth Mint was founded in 1896 by Britain’s Royal Mint in response to the newly discovered gold deposits in Western Australia. Perth Mint’s task was to refine gold ore from the mines and to strike sovereign gold coins from the refined bullion. Between 1899 and 1931 the Pert Mint produced a considerable amount of gold sovereigns which were disturbed in Australia and throughout the British Empire to be used as circulating currency. British control over Perth Mint was relinquished in 1971 to the Government of Western Australia which then assumed ownership of the mint. Today, the Perth Mint is hailed for the exceptional quality of its world class investment bullion coins like the Kookaburra and Koala silver coins, and the Lunar Series. The Perth Mint has been a member of the London Gold Market (predecessor of the LBMA) since 1934. The swan design, which is the Mint’s official assay stamp registered with the LBMA, is recognised internationally and was inspired by the Mint’s location in Perth, where the main river, the Swan, runs through the city.
|Face value description||Diameter||Fineness||Gold weight in grams||Product weight in grams||Gold weight in Troy ounces||Manufacturer||Manufacturer country|
|100 dollars||37.34||999.9||31.10347||31.10658||1||The Perth Mint||Australia|
The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Australia’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Australia has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”. Inscribed below the effigy is the denomination, the year of mintage, weight and purity of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse displays a vigorous dragon in combination with an orb. Inscribed under the dragon is the Chinese character for “dragon” and the text “Year of the Dragon”. To the left is the letter “P” which stands for Perth Mint.
The 2012 Australian Lunar Year of the Dragon coin contains 99.99% pure gold. This means that the coin is exclusively made of pure gold and is free of metallic impurities.
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