Australian Silver Lunar Dragon 2012 - Lion Privy - 1 oz
Produced by Perth Mint.
Perth Mint has been minting the popular Lunar Series of silver coins since 1999. The coins commemorate the 12-year Chinese Lunar Calendar. The production of the first series of silver coins ended in 2007, after gold coins for Series I of the Lunar Series ran from 1996 to 2007. Perth Mint has been producing its Series II coins since 2008.
The silver coins produced for the Lunar Series are ranging between 1/2 oz for the smallest coin up to a gigantic 10 kg coin.
More information about the coins and mintages can be found at the homepage of Perth Mint.
Only 200,000 of these 2012 Year of the Dragon coins were minted at The Perth Mint - less than 6,000 were distributed in the USA! This is 5 times rarer than the standard dragon. Individuals born in the Year of the Dragon include birth dates in 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012. In Chinese tradition, these people are considered strong and decisive but not manipulative or sly.
The coin features an image of a Dragon on the reverse. The Chinese symbol for Dragon appears, along with the English inscription "Year of the Dragon" and the "P" mint mark for the Perth Mint.
The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II. The inscriptions read "Elizabeth II", "Australia", the date "2012", "999 Silver", and the weight and denomination of the coin. Each coin has a legal tender value in Australia under the Currency Act of 1965.