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2024 Australian Lunar Series III Year of The Dragon 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin


Highlighting the fifth animal in the Chinese lunar calendar, this 1oz silver proof high relief coin is an impressive tribute to the lunar dragon and represents the very best in minting excellence and design.

According to Chinese tradition, the emperor ordered a great race between all the animals on Earth to determine who should occupy 12 positions in the lunar calendar. To complete the course, each animal had to cross a fast-flowing river. Leading the race, the noble dragon stopped to make rain for the people, ultimately reaching the opposite bank in fifth place.

Those born under the sign of the Chinese Lunar Dragon in 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976 and every 12th preceding year, are said to be ambitious, successful, and charismatic.

  • Collection: Lunar Series
  • Metal: 99.99% Pure Silver
  • Weight: 1 oz
  • Diameter: 32.60 mm
  • Thickness: 6.10 mm
  • Denomination: AUD 1
  • Mintage: 3,888
  • Legal Tender: Australia
  • Designer: Ing Ing Jong

SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE: The dragon is a creature of exceptional importance in Chinese culture and Eastern mythology. Regarded as a divine, wise, and benevolent being, it is a symbol of power, wealth, and success. To be born in the Year of the Dragon is considered particularly lucky. Bestowed with instinctive bravery, persistence, and intelligence, dragons are said to be ambitious, charismatic, and natural leaders.

HIGH RELIEF DESIGN: Struck in high relief, the coin portrays a serpentine-shaped dragon and a flaming pearl, a symbol of wisdom. The reverse art includes references to the dragon’s control of the elements with stylised waves and water cascading from its mouth. Also incorporated in the design is the Chinese character for ‘dragon’, the inscription ‘DRAGON 2024’, and a ‘P125’ mintmark signifying The Perth Mint’s 125th anniversary in 2024.

MEMORIAL OBVERSE: The coins bear The Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse, featuring the Jody Clark effigy supplemented with the dates of Her Majesty’s reign. Also on the obverse is the coin’s weight, purity, monetary denomination, and year-date.

PRESENTATION PACKAGING: Accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity, the set is presented in a classic display case with a geometric design on its transparent lid. The case comes in an illustrated shipper featuring a dragon. When arrayed with other three-coin set shippers from the series, the resulting diorama depicts the legend of The Great Race, in which 12 animals successfully compete for a position in the lunar zodiac.

LEGAL TENDER: Each coin is meticulously struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality and is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.

LIMITED MINTAGE: The Perth Mint will release no more than 3,888 of the Australian Lunar Series III 2024 Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin.

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