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Tuvalu 2012 Dragons of Legend 5 Ounce Special Edition - Yin and Yang - Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $5 5 Ounce Pure Silver Proof with Color - MINTAGE 1,000

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Surprise - 5 ounce pure silver special edition in the smashingly popular Dragons of Legend series! Mintage only 1,000! Two Chinese Dragons, in Imperial colors, circle the pearl of wisdom!

The Complete 5-Coin Collection of all five different Dragons of Legend Silver Dollars may be available - click here to see if it is!

Sold out at the Mint!Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to announce a surprise, 5 Ounce Pure Silver Special Edition in the exciting new Dragons of Legend Series! These legendary creatures have captivated mankind's imagination since prehistory, with the origins of the Dragon lost in the mists of time. Certainly, they were known to the ancients - Greeks, Romans, Jews and Chinese all had their versions, and of course it was a dragon the finally slew Beowulf, the hero of Germanic myth. Investment Opportunity!The Dragons of Legend were designed by renowned fine artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson, in the realistic style for which he is famed the world over! Following hot on the heels of the immensely successful Working Dogs and Wildlife in Need programs, this extremely low mintage 5 ounce pure silver proof (mintage only 1,000!) will likewise undoubtably sell out, and quickly! Between the extremely popular dragon motif, beautiful design and mintage limit, heed our advice - get one (or more) of these colorful, five ounce, pure silver proofs while you can!

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Availability Note - The dragon is perhaps the most popular theme in modern numismatics. All Dragons of Legend Silver Dollars have sold out at the Mint in under 24 hours! This much larger, 5 ouncer likewise sold out extremely quickly - the mintage, after all, is only 1,000! Fast action is advised!

Outstanding, Symbolic Design
Two rampaging, Imperial Chinese dragons circle the pearl of eternal wisdom in the center of this outstanding, highly symbolic design. One dragon is gold, a most powerful color that represents wealth (naturally) and strength, and is linked to the metal energy of Yang. The other dragon is purple, a color royal in nature, which promotes prosperity, good fortune and health, and is linked to the balance of the Yin energy. Accompanying the dragon amidst the stylized clouds are fish, which symbolize abundance and harmony. Taken as a whole, this is a most significant and auspicious design!

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The fearsome Chinese Dragon in all its glory, by artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson.The Chinese 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".

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.The Yin and Yang Two Chinese Dragons 5 Ounce Pure Silver Proof is a surprise, special edition release in the new and exciting Dragons of Legend Series, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins commemorating the following dragons are planned:

    Welsh Red Dragon
    Chinese Dragon
    St. George Slaying the Dragon
    Bulgarian 3-Headed Hydra Dragon
    European Green Dragon
    + Five Coin Display Box
    + Five Ounce Special Edition Proof - Two Chinese Dragons!
    + Complete 5-Coin Collection

The Complete 5-Coin Collection of all five different Dragons of Legend Silver Dollars may be available - click here to see if it is!

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Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia.

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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!

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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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Dragons of Legend 5 Oz Color Special Edition Proof in BoxObverse
Two rampaging Chinese dragons, rendered in glorious, imperial colors, circle a pearl of wisdom in the center. They are accompanied by fish, which represent abundance and harmony.  The legends DRAGONS OF LEGEND and SPECIAL EDITION define the theme. The legend 5 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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 QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

The coin is encapsulated inside a handsome black leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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The Year of the Dragon - Most Powerful and Auspicious!
A red Chinese or Oriental style dragon chases its pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds while flying.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.
A 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 8 Dollars
Weight 156.673 g
Diameter 65.60 mm (nearly 3 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   5.80 mm
Mintage Limit 1,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Howard David Johnson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Packaging Encapsulated
The Island Nation of Tuvalu
Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbors are Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. It is comprised of four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 11,992 makes it the third-least populated independent country in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. It is also the second-smallest member by population of the United Nations. In terms of physical land size, at just 10 square miles Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City, Monaco and Nauru.
The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people, who arrived about 3000 years go. The islands came under Great Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The Ellice Islands were administered by Britain as part of a protectorate from 1892 to 1916 and as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony from 1916 to 1974. In 1974 the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within The Commonwealth in 1978. with Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state.

Because Tuvalu has few natural resources it has been dependent in recent years upon aid from larger, more developed nations, including Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Perth Mint of Australia is officially commissioned by the government of Tuvalu to produce legal tender coinage for the island nation.

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