These four large, rectangular Year of the Dragon silver proofs form an even-grander scene inside this innovative display case! The Perth Mint has done it again! These coins are huge – at 47.60 mm wide, they are nearly 2 inches across! When you assemble the coins end-to-end (as they come in the display packaging), they com together to create a large, Oriental-style vignette. Best of all, the mintage is limited to only 3,000 complete sets worldwide! At our low price, this set represents a tremendous value and a great investment! Four Different Coins Combine to Make One Cohesive Scene! There are four different dragon portraits, one per coin, each with a different colored beast: brown, orange (golden), red and blue. Each dragon chases after its own pearl of wisdom, set against a backdrop of Orientalist waves and clouds. These four 1 oz Silver Proof Colorized Dragon bar coins form a single outdoor scene when placed end-to-end in the order described above. To highlight this tableau, the Perth Mint has developed an ingenious new presentation box that showcases all four silver proofs contiguously, thereby allowing display of the entire vignette while protecting the coins in an elegant, red and black case! The Year of the Dragon – Most Powerful and Auspicious! Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month. In 2012 we celebrate the Lunar Year of The Dragon. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Rabbit (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012) are said to exhibit that animals attributes. While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because theyre most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast! Theyre driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. Theyre passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. This is the second annual release of Lunar Animal 4-Coin Rectangular Silver Proof Sets. The Oriental or Chinese concept of the dragon is much different than the European notion of this beast. Whereas in the West dragons are nearly always evil, fire breathing creatures of immense size and destructiveness, in the East they are beloved. Chinese dragons are benevolent, representing most auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang (male) and perfectly complements a yin (female) fenghuang, the mythical “Chinese phoenix”. The dragon is a mystical being, able to use an almost unlimited range of magical or supernatural powers. It is able to disguise itself as a silkworm, or become as large as our entire universe. It can fly among the clouds or hide in water. It can form clouds, turn into water or fire, become invisible or glow in the dark. It is interesting to note that the Oriental dragon’s ability to fly is a magical (not a physical) ability; unlike European dragons, Chinese dragons are rarely if ever depicted with physical wings. Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. Many pictures of oriental dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin. The pearl is associated with wealth, good luck, and prosperity. In Chinese culture, the pearl also symbolizes perfection, which is only obtained through the highest forms of wisdom. As such, the pearl is retained in the clutches of the dragon, who, like the emperor, reveals great “pearls of wisdom” as it bestows abundance and prosperity upon its people. The dragon is always the most popular animal, and always sells out. Previous Year of the Dragon coins now sell for many multiples of their issue prices. Don’t delay, tame your dragon today! Technology Note – Color. The Perth Mint of Australia employs its own proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The vibrant hues and precise execution of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin. Four different vignettes of different colored dragons, each set in an oriental-style scene of waves and clouds. Each dragon chases its own colored pearl of wisdom. The Chinese character for “Dragon” and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark also occur. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear. The coins are encapsulated inside an elegant, oversize luxury presentation case with a see-through lid that allows for the easy display of the coins, protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included. The item “Cook Islands 2012 Year of Dragon 4 Coin Rectangle Color Silver 1 Oz Proof $1 Set” is in sale since Saturday, February 29, 2020. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Australia & Oceania\Australia\Commemorative”. The seller is “preciousimportsexports” and is located in Pismo Beach, California. 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- Country of Manufacture: Australia
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated
- Composition: Silver
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Australia
- Certification: New in Mint Packaging OGP + CoA
- Year: 2012