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Australia 2012-P Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac 3-Coin $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Set

Price: $588.88 $428.88
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No messing around here! Get this truly rare, ultra-low mintage (ONLY 1,000!) 3-coin silver proof set while you can!

Sold out at the Mint!The Perth Mint has done it again! Large, beautiful coins in an all-inclusive package, each featuring impressive cameo relief, and all struck in pure silver! This set provides three different sizes and denominations, including the extremely popular silver dollar, (along with two others silver proofs available only in this set - and nowhere else!). Best of all, the mintage is limited to only 1,000 complete sets worldwide! At our low price, this set represents a tremendous value (and a great investment!).

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The three coins of the 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof SetThree Different Coin Sizes
This set contains three different Chinese Lunar Zodiac coins, each a different size:

• 1/2 Ounce Silver Proof - This size silver proof is available only in this set! It is not available individually or separately, we are sorry. The denomination is 50 cents.
• 1 Ounce Silver Proof - This very popular size, with a one dollar denomination, may also be available singly. (Click here for Dragon Proof Silver Dollar.)
• 2 Ounces Silver Proof - This large and impressively-sized silver proof is available only in this set! It is not available individually or separately, we are sorry. The denomination is 2 dollars.

All three coins are struck to the most exacting, proof standard, the highest quality of finish available. The fields are deeply mirrored, with the design accented in varying degrees of frosty white cameo relief.

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The three coin Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac Set in box
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 Rabbit (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.

This is the fifth annual release in the Lunar Zodiac Series II from Australia!

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The three coin Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac Set outer box
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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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A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.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!

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Obverse
A rampaging, imperial Chinese dragon chases after the pearl of wisdom.  The legend YEAR OF THE DRAGON defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Dragon" is to the right, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the right, near the 3:00 position along the rim.

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Reverse
The reverse of all three coins features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legends 1/2 OZ, 1 OZ and 2 Oz 999 SILVER guarantee the weight and purity. The legends ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coins are encapsulated inside an elegant, oversize luxury presentation case with a solid wood lid (done in the style of red Chinese lacquer), lined with black velvet and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
 
SpecificationsA green Chinese or Oriental dragon chases its flaming pearl among the clouds while flying.
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value 3 Dollars 50 Cents ($2 + $1 + 50 Cents)
Weight 108.978 g
   1/2 Ounce - 15.573 g
   1 Ounce - 31.135 g
   2 Ounces - 62.270 g
Diameter 1/2 Ounce - 36.60 mm
1 Ounce - 45.60 mm
2 Ounces - 55.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   1/2 Ounce - 2.30 mm
1 Ounce - 2.60 mm
2 Ounces - 3.60 mm
Mintage Limit    1,000 sets
   
Finish Proof
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

 

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