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Year of the Dragon



The Chinese Year of the Dragon is the fifth year in a twelve year cycle of the Chinese calendar and to commemorate this the Royal Australian Mint issued this stunning edition. The Chinese Zodiac is composed of 12 animals arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. The order was established by a race between the animals, thousands of years ago orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. Chinese astrology and the Chinese zodiac are commemorated by The Australian Lunar Coin sequence. The 12-year sequence features coin releases marking the Year of the Rat, Year of the Mouse, Year of the Ox, Year of the Tiger, Year of the Rabbit, Year of the Dragon, Year of the Snake, Year of the Horse, Year of the Goat, Year of the Monkey, Year of the Rooster, Year of the Dog and Year of the Pig.

The 2012 Chinese Year of the Dragon began on the 23rd January but the real Chinese year is 4710. It is normally the darkest day of the month that the Chinese year will start and Chinese people celebrate up until the brightest day of the month around two weeks later. This particular tiger year is fused with the element Metal and will only do so every 60 years. Some famous people born in the year of the dragon were Sigmund Freud, Joan of Arc, Bruce Lee, Florence Nightingale and Russell Crowe (Travel China Guide, 2014). Since 1996, the Royal Australian Mint has been producing commemorative coins celebrating the famous Chinese Calendar with lunar designs. The designs of each animal varies year to year.

This 2012 Year of the Dragon is the 5th year of the lunar series. The reverse was designed by Vladimir Gottwald and shows a dragon in the centre, surrounded by Chinese decorations. It has the year 2012 and the inscription YEAR OF THE DRAGON . The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II along with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012 .The Year of the Dragon determines a dragon persons characteristics as being born monarchs. They are idealists and perfectionist. If a Chinese couple have a child, they will undoubtedly want a dragon child. Their power is indisputable and this is combined with excessive luck. They can also be intolerant and unrealistic in their expectations. The best match for a dragon would be a rat as they are one of the best matches around but they should never connect with another dragon as the competition would surely begin.

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coin(Travel China Guide, 2014)
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692012 20,1603842455051522309403,400 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2012 Silver Proof7,191      Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.