Dec 022016
 

The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese mythology. Unlike its evil, treacherous European counterpart, however, the Oriental dragon is wise and benevolent, a symbol of nobility and good fortune.

According to powerful Chinese legends, these auspicious creatures were present at the dawn of creation where they supported and encouraged humanity to survive and flourish. Strongly associated with water and also the ability to influence rain, they were valuable in helping mankind learn to fish and farm.

As a living embodiment of a dragon’s wisdom, generosity and compassion, the Emperor of China was seen as a son of a dragon by his subjects. Owing their very existence to dragons, the Chinese people also regarded themselves as descendants of these munificent beings, and over time came together under a common banner of the dragon.

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The Perth Mint has released a new silver collectable for Chinese dragon enthusiasts in time for New Year.

The significance of dragons has been reflected for thousands of years in many aspects of Chinese cultural life.

Decorative depictions of serpentine-shaped dragons date back to the Neolithic period. China’s iconic Forbidden City, constructed in the 1400s, teems with architectural ornamentation representing dragons.

Today, many cultural traditions displaying Chinese people’s respect and admiration for the dragon are widely appreciated worldwide.

In the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, for example, the dragon is regarded as the most propitious of all zodiac signs. Dragon boat racing, thought to have originated more than 2,500 years ago in Southern China, is a popular sporting pastime. Believed to have brought good luck to citizens since the Han Dynasty, the colourful dragon dance is another palpable demonstration of dragon culture that can be witnessed on every continent.

2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin

A stunning new opportunity for collectors of dragon themed coins, this 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin has been released in time for Chinese New Year, which falls on 28 January in 2017.

Its superb design portrays a traditional elongated, snake-like Chinese dragon curled around a bright red paper lantern. The reverse also incorporates the Mandarin characters for ‘Happy New Year’.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be made available, each housed in a clear latex display case with a black frame accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The case is wrapped in a vividly coloured shipper featuring a dragon in high-gloss printing which doubles as the perfect gift-box.

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Jan 092014
 

These superb collections each comprise 10 Australian square coins struck from either 1oz of 99.9% pure silver or 1/10oz of 99.99% pure gold. With an issue limit of 5,000 silver sets and 1,500 gold sets, each in a stylish framed display stand and case, they would make a sensational numismatic acquisition for any collector celebrating the 2014 Year of the Horse.

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Buy now: Silver Collection, Gold Collection

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May 062013
 

The following coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

HR_Gold_Dragon Australian Lunar Series II 2012 Year of the Dragon 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 388 sold out
HR_Snake Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 7,500 sold out
Opal_Kangaroo Australian Opal Series – The Kangaroo 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 8,000 sold out
Platinum_Koala Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issue
Maximum Mintage: 1,200 sold out
ANDA_Perth_Snake Perth ANDA Coin Show Special – Australian Lunar Series II – 2013 Year of the Snake 2oz Silver Coloured Edition
Maximum Mintage: 1,000 sold out

 

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Nov 012012
 

Our final new coin release for 2012 is a bumper affair with a gorgeous array of innovative, colourful, beautiful new creations.

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See these new releases on our website.

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Oct 092012
 

In a post last May we discussed our high relief silver proof coin releases, promising some exciting new announcements in response to the increasing popularity of this genre.

Since then we’ve released several more of these spectacular coins.

Not surprising, given the huge demand for everything celebrating the Year of the Dragon, individual 2012 high relief silver proof Dragon coins quickly sold out at the Mint.

Subsequently, we completed the ‘KKK’ line-up of high reliefs – meaning that as well as an individual 2012 Kookaburra, you can also acquire a 2012 Kangaroo and Koala in this format.

Unique Year Set Coming in November

It’s already fairly well-known that in November we are issuing a Year Set comprising all four of these superb releases in a single presentation case. With just 1,000 sets available worldwide, it will make a rare and remarkable addition to any collection.

The current line-up of high relief silver proofs also includes a 2013 Year of the Snake coin. Released just last week, it’s selling strongly, confirming that these outstanding Australian coins are making a deep impression on the worldwide collector market.

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Aug 202012
 

The balance of these Sydney ANDA Coin Show specials are available online from today.

Australian Lunar Series II – 2012 Year of the Dragon
1oz Silver Coloured (Blue) Edition

  • Specimen quality 99.9% pure silver coloured coin
  • Australian legal tender
  • Extremely limited edition – 5,000
  • Sydney ANDA Coin Show packaging
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity