1 oz Lunar II Water Dragon ANA Show SpecialLimited to only 400 coins world wide, this exclusive ANA World Fair of Money Show Special from the Perth Mint comprises the 2012 Australian Lunar Series II Year of the Dragon – Water Dragon coin. The Australian Lunar coin series celebrates Chinese astrology and the Chinese zodiac. The 12-year series features releases marking the Year of the Mouse (2008), Year of the Ox (2009), Year of the Tiger (2010), Year of the Rabbit (2011), Year of the Dragon (2012), Year of the Snake (2013), Year of the Horse (2014), Year of the Goat (2015), Year of the Monkey (2016), Year of the Rooster (2017), Year of the Dog (2018) and Year of the Pig (2019).
In 2012, The Perth Mint's internationally renowned Australian Lunar Silver PROOF Coin Series II celebrates the Year of the Dragon, the fifth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. These superb releases are perfect for people born in the Year of the Dragon – 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and of course 2012 – who are regarded as independent, passionate, adventurous, very confident, charismatic, natural leaders and courageous. The dragon on the coin is pad printed in white, one of the nine colours featured on the famous Nine Dragon Wall in China.
The reverse of the coin depicts a white dragon with blue detailing and a representation of a pearl. The colour white is regarded as highly spiritual and most fundamental of all colours. The colour blue has deep significance representing the healing element of water, prosperity, eternity and peace.
The front of the Lunar Dragon coin can be considered as classic for most of the Australian silver coins, with the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the nominal value and the inscriptions "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA", the year "2012"and" 999 SILVER ".
The Lunar Dragon coin appeals to investors and collectors because of its very limited supply and their undeniable beauty. Issued at the 2012 ANA World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, the coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in specimen quality.