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Tuvalu 2014 Mythical Creatures #5 - Dragon $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color

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Fifth and final entry in the unbelievably popular the Mythical Creatures series! The terrifying Dragon guards his ill-gotten hoard of gold and jewels, in full color and struck in pure silver, with a mintage of only 5,000!

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Sold out at the Mint! Talisman Coins and the Perth Mint are excited to announce the fifth and final release in the new and exciting Mythical Creatures series, the Dragon. Following hot on the heels of the immensely successful Working Dogs, Wildlife in Need, and Dragons of Legend programs, this extremely low mintage series (only 5,000 per beast!) will likewise undoubtably sell out, and quickly! As an added bonus, each design (and accompanying box illustration) is an original work of art by one of our favorite artists, Elise Martinson! Between the extremely popular mythical creature motif, beautiful design and mintage limit, heed our advice - get one (or more) of these colorful, one ounce, pure silver dollars while you can!

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Availability Note - Just in time for the release of the epic film The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug, the Dragon is the fifth and final entry in the extremely popular Mythical Creatures series, the successor the the Dragons of Legend program. The first three in the series, the Griffin, the Unicorn and the Phoenix, sold out at the Mint in short order! Don't miss out - get your Dragon today!

The terrifying Dragon, by artist and illustrator Elise Martinson.The Classic European Dragon
In European folklore, a dragon is a serpentine legendary creature with two pairs of lizard-type legs and bat-type wings growing from its back (a dragon-like creature with no front legs is known as a wyvern). In Western folklore, dragons are usually portrayed as evil (with the exceptions mainly in Welsh folklore and modern fiction). This is in contrast to Asian dragons, who are traditionally depicted as more benevolent creatures. Modern stories depict dragons as being highly intelligent creatures that can talk. They are often associated with, and sometimes in control of, powerful magic.

In the modern period, the European dragon is typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with (leathery, bat-like) wings, four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and various exotic colorations.

Dragon's blood often has magical properties: for example in Wagner's opera Siegfried, it allows Siegfried to understand the language of the Forest Bird. The typical Mythical Creature dragon in Europe protects a cavern or castle filled with gold and treasure and is often associated with a great hero who tries to slay it. (Sometimes, however, the hero is not so large, such as Bilbo in Tolkien's The Hobbit.) Though a winged creature, the dragon is generally to be found in its underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth. Possibly, the dragons of European and Mid Eastern mythology stem from the cult of snakes found in religions throughout the world.

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Five fearsome Mythical Creatures make up this program of pure silver dollars depicting legendary animals! The Dragon Proof Silver Dollar is the fifth and final coin in the popular and exciting Mythical Creatures Series, to be released by the Perth Mint. Coins commemorating the following legendary animals have been released:

    Griffin
    Unicorn
    Phoenix
    Werewolf
    Dragon
    + Five Coin Display Box
    + Complete 5-Coin Collection

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


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

Elise Martinson is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals.About the Artist
The creator of the original artwork for both the coins and the colorful, outer boxes for the both the first and second Bush Babies Series is Elise Martinson. Elise is an Australian artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who loves animals (as you can see from her photo!). After studying multimedia design for four years and then working for year and a half as a graphic designer, she became eager to follow her dreams of creating 3D art for games or movies. Realizing that the limiting factor to 2D and 3D artwork was not software knowledge, but rather the ability to create concepts and accurately render them, she is now dedicated to further cultivating her drawing ability. Elise currently designs both coins and graphic artwork for the Perth Mint, and still hopes to break into the games industry one day as a concept or production artist. In addition to he much-lauded and extremely popular Bush Babies Series, several of her better-known projects for the Mint are the Outer Space Dollars 9-Coin Set, the Backyard Bugs Dollars 9-Coin Set, and the 2009 Celebrate Australia Series of $1 Coins. Elise was formerly a resident of Melbourne, Victoria but now resides in Perth, Western Australia. Here are links for Elise Martinson's online blog and her professional website.

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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Mythical Creatures #5 - Dragon in boxObverse
A full color portrait of a dragon, guarding its ill-gotten hoard of gold and gems. The denomination and an heraldic silhouette of a dragon are on a medieval banner. The entire vignette is surrounded by an royal design border. The legend DRAGON denotes the theme.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a 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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SpecificationsA classic European Green Dragon, by artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson.
Country Tuvalu
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.135 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Gauge (Thickness)   4.00 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Elise Martinson (obverse)
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

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.

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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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