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France 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac 50 Euro Gold Proof GX

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Celebrate the most auspicious Year of the Dragon with this TRULY RARE (mintage = 1,000) Euro coin, minted in 1/4 ounce of precious gold!

Investment Alert - Proof dragon coin in gold. Truly rare; total mintage = 1,000. Guaranteed to sell out at the Mint (as all previous France Gold Chinese Lunar Zodiacs have). Do not delay!

Sold out at the Mint!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. Because of their low mintage and intricate and elaborate designs, the coins in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac program minted by Monnaie de Paris are sought after and, in most cases, very hard to find!

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A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.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 Year of the Dragon. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Dragon (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012) are said to exhibit that animal’s 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 they’re 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! They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.

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This is the seventh animal in the French Lunar Zodiac series. All previously issued gold coins in this series have sold out quickly at the Mint, and we expect the Dragon to follow suit.

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Availability Note -
Because of the rarity of this coin (mintage is only 1,000 total) and its extremely popular Dragon theme, we reserve the right to limit orders and allocate coins in order to ensure a fairer distribution.

The Dragon
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".

A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying. 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.

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Investment Note
This coin features the most powerful and auspicious of all the animals in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac - the Dragon. 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!

Year of the Dragon In Box Obverse
A sensational rendering of a mythical Chinese dragon. It is surrounded by an intricately-engraved oriental border design. The legends in French and Chinese translate as "Year of the Dragon - 2012".

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Reverse
The reverse features a portrait of Jean de la Fontaine, the French poet famous for writing a collection of fables, known today as Fables de la Fontaine. Many of his stories, borrowed from the Greek poet Aesop's, involve animals that act like people. Each short tale is designed to teach a lesson or as a comment on human behavior. All twelve animals of the Chinese lunar calendar are also depicted (all can be found in his fables), along with the year of issue and the denomination.

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Packaging

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in the traditional, blue Monnaie de Paris gift box. An individually numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
A green Chinese or Oriental dragon chases its flaming pearl among the clouds while flying.
Country France
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value 50 Euro
Weight 8.45 g
Diameter 22.00 mm
Mintage Limit     1,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .920 Fine (22-Karat) Gold
Edge Plain
Certificate Individually Numbered

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