2024 Australian Lunar Series III Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Perth Mint Presentation Case & COA
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AUSTRALIAN LUNAR SERIES III
2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON
1oz SILVER PROOF COLOURED COIN
Celebrating the fifth animal in the zodiac, this 1oz silver proof coloured coin is an impressive tribute to the Chinese lunar Year of the Dragon. Featuring a coloured design, this coin is struck to The Perth Mint's celebrated proof standard combining a mirror-like polished background and coloured relief.
- Proof quality 99.99% pure silver
- Coloured Year of the Dragon design
- Australian legal tender
- Limited issue - 6,000
- Presentation packaging
- Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
- Item Code 3S2416DDAA
- Barcode 9327025050447
- Maximum Mintage 7,500
- Release Date 6 November 2023
The dragon commands the highest respect in Chinese culture. For thousands of years, it was associated with the emperor and his descendants, symbolising wisdom, enlightenment, and benevolence. The dragon was also said to command water and rain, and by ensuring abundant harvests became a powerful symbol of wealth and good fortune.
According to Chinese tradition, the emperor ordered a great race between all the animals on Earth to determine who should occupy 12 positions on the lunar calendar. To complete the course, each animal had to cross a fast-flowing river. While leading the race, the noble dragon stopped to make rain for the people, ultimately reaching the opposite bank in fifth place.
Those born under the sign of the Chinese Lunar Dragon in 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976 and every 12th preceding year, are said to be ambitious, successful, and charismatic.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, each coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 6,000 of the 2024 Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin in individual packaging from a maximum mintage of 7,500.
The coin's reverse portrays a coloured representation of a dragon with water cascading from its mouth, stylised waves, and a flaming pearl, a symbol of wisdom. Included in the design is the Chinese character for 'dragon', the inscription 'DRAGON 2024', and a 'P125' mintmark signifying the Perth Mint's 125th anniversary.
The coin bears the Jody Clark Memorial Obverse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II supplemented with the dates of her reign '1952-2022', as well as the weight and fineness, and the monetary denomination.
The coin is housed in a classic display case with a clear lid decorated with a silver geometric design. The case is packaged in a beautifully illustrated shipper portraying the story of how the dragon became an animal of the zodiac and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The shippers of future animals in the Lunar Series III will, when arrayed together, form a diorama depicting the ancient myth of The Great Race, which tells how the zodiac came into being.
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