Today marks the launch of a new high relief silver proof coin celebrating the Year of the Dragon. As well as the showing the finished coin, this short video is for collectors interested in the master tooling and production dies made by The Perth Mint for this special release.
You’ll see two steel billets (the master tooling), which are used to manufacture the production dies. The dies are engraved with ‘negatives’ of the obverse and reverse designs, from which ‘positive’ images are transferred to the blanks during minting. In this case, the dies are slightly more convex than usual, allowing us to increase the design depth for the best high relief result. Although the finsihed coin has a smaller diameter than our standard-sized 1oz proof release, it has extra thickness – as the video demonstrates.
Place an order for your 2012 Australian Lunar High Relief Dragon Silver Proof Coin here.