The Perth Mint is no stranger to issuing dragon themed coins. 2016 saw the release of the Dragon and his Nine Sons high relief proof silver coin. Then there was the Dragons of Legend series back in 2012 and 213. Not counting the zodiac coins and many more along the way.
There should then be no surprise to find that 2017 meets the release of the Dragon 2017 2oz Antique silver coin, from the Perth Mint.
In traditional Chinese culture, the dragon is a powerful and ubiquitous symbol which was often revered as a mythical and divine creature. A symbol that represents not only power and strength but also wealth and good fortune. One can see why it was often used as a symbol for the Emperor or the imperial house. Most commonly the dragon would be portrayed chasing a luminous or flaming pearl with their mouths and eyes wide open, as they attempt to catch the much desired treasure. The flaming pearl is viewed as a metaphor for wisdom and enlightenment.
More than the visual arts though the dragon has made it's way into other forms of Chinese culture. One form of a popular saying to a new parent would be : "May your son grow up to become a dragon"(wàng zǐ chéng lóng) for instance.
The coin's reverse design features a traditional Chinese dragon, twisting about the surface of the coin in pursuit of a flaming pearl. Smoke or mist surrounds it while the Chinese character for “dragon” (龍) is etched into the pearl.
The obverse of the coin is dominated by the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth. The obverse legend is the only text that appears on the coin, except for the Chinese symbol on the reverse. This describes the ruler, country and date of issue, denomination and metallic composition. It reads : “QUEEN ELIZABETH II”, “TUVALU”, “2017”, “2 DOLLARS” and “2oz 9999 SILVER”.
The impressive reverse design is further enhanced not only by the antique finish but by the coin's rimless design. This 2oz pure silver coin is struck from .9999 Fineness silver to a silver round measuring 40.5 mm(1.59 inch) in diameter and 6mm(0.236 inch) thick.
The coin is struck as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, and carries a limited mintage of only 1000 coins. The Perth mint is releasing the coin for AUS$198.00($150.00) each. The coin is shipped in a black satin lined presentation case, accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.