Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Lunar Year of the Dragon – ½ oz Silver Pearl Dragon Coin Set New Zealand Mint



About the Coin

Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore, with mythic counterparts among Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bhutanese, Western and Turkic dragons. In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang ("Chinese phoenix").

This pure .999 pure ½ ounce silver coloured coin is limited to 8,000 sets only.

Reverse Design

The coin depicts a colour printed Traditional Chinese Dragon holding a Dragon Pearl. The image is backed by an engraved Chinese symbol for "Dragon".

Obverse Design

The obverse of the coin features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, sovereign of the Commonwealth and Niue Islands, along with the year of issue (2012) and the denomination of $2.

Packaging

Each set is presented in a unique gift packaging featuring a replica of a dragons egg.

Specifications:

Metal .999 pure Silver
Finish Proof
Diameter 33mm
Edge Milled Milled
Denomination NZ$2
Year of Issue 2012
Mintage 8000