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Australia 2012-P Perth ANDA Coin Show Special Edition - Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $2 2 Ounce Pure Silver Reverse Proof with Color GX - MINTAGE 1000

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Large size, TRULY RARE (mintage only 1,000), full color and the extremely popular dragon theme make for a great investment!
Sold out at the Mint!The ANDA (Australian Numismatic Dealers Association) held its first show of 2012 in Perth in March. To celebrate this numismatic gathering in the Mint's home town, the Perth Mint and Talisman Coins are proud to offer this unique and truly rare, pure silver dragon coin, with a total of only 1,000 show special editions being issued! The dragon is the most popular theme in modern numismatics, and Perth Mint coin show specials always sell out quickly, so fast action is advised! This coin sold out at the Mint almost instantly!

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A black Chinese or Oriental dragon with red highlights is not nearly as menacing as it seems.This large, impressive coin represents a tremendous investment opportunity, struck in pure silver! These new Lunar Zodiac Series II coins are huge - at 55.60 mm in diameter, they are more than 2 inches across! This beauty is made all the more desirable by the Mint's execution of this intriguing animal motif in pure silver, artistically rendered in striking, vibrant hues! The full color design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background), further enhancing an already handsome design (which is even nicer looking than the mint-supplied images suggest). Between the large size, the incredibly low mintage (only 1,000 in the mint's special ANDA Show presentation packaging) & the beauty of the design, color and finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver dragon!

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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.
A gray Chinese or Oriental dragon is not nearly as menacing as it seems.
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!


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

Only 1,000 of these large, two ounce pure silver dragon coins with color were issued as ANDA Show Specials, and they sold out at the Mint virtually instantly. They are truly rare and extremely desirable. Need we say more?

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Technology Note
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.

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Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $2 Color ANDA Edition in boxObverse
A rampaging, imperial Chinese red 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 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 legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend ELIZABETH II and the denomination also appear.


Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, red and black presentation case lined with black velvet & satin 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 Two Dollars
Weight 62.270 g
Diameter 55.60 mm (more than 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   3.60 mm
Mintage Limit 1,000 in ANDA Mint packaging.
   
Finish Reverse Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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