22nd Nov2011

Dragons hot off the press!

by YOTD

Two releases that no one anticipated to be issued into the already flawless range commemorating 2012’s Year of the Dragon, comes the Royal Australian Mint’s Lunar Dragon Coloured 1oz Silver Proof and 1/10oz Gold Proof.

Celebrating the world’s favourite lunar sign, each pad printed coin depicts the RAM’s signature dragon upon a vivid coloured background. Struck to the highest of Proof quality from .999 fine silver, the 40.00mm Silver Proof is restricted to a global mintage of just 18,000 coins. A highly exclusive, matching, 17.53mm Gold issue, crafted also to Proof quality from .9999 fine gold – this exquisite coin is limited to a mintage of just 8,000 coins.

Issued as official Australian Legal tender, and struck specifically for an international corporate order – only a minuscule number of each the 1oz Silver Proof and 1/10oz Gold Proof will be available on the market – head on over to Downies.com to try to secure what is sure to be one of the most popular RAM releases yet!

12th Oct2011

Perth Mint’s 1oz Gold Lunar Dragon Returns!

by YOTD

Without a doubt the most popular Lunar Dragon release thus far – new stock of the Perth Mint’s 2012 1oz Gold Dragon has just been announced! A product so immensely pursued by collectors and investors alike – the 2012 1oz Gold Lunar Dragon sold out instantaneously throughout almost every distributor across Australia and the world!

Perth Mint 1oz Gold $100 Unc

Depicting the Perth Mint’s signature 2012 Lunar Dragon design on the reverse, this highly popular issue is strictly limited to a global mintage of just 30,000 coins! Struck as official Australian Legal Tender, each coin is crafted to immaculate Perth Mint presentation – struck from an entire Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.

Conveying the effervescent traits that makes the dragon the globes favourite lunar sign, the 2012 1oz Gold Lunar Dragon is now available for purchase from either Downies or Euro Collections International – however with original allocations sold out within hours and our current stock sourced from Europe – immediate action is vital!

Stay tuned for more 2012 Lunar Dragon product releases and updates!

09th Sep2011

Going, Going, Gone – 2012 Year of the Dragon

by YOTD

Undoubtedly the hottest numismatic lunar release of all time, the demand for all 2012 Year of the Dragon coins has sent shock waves throughout the industry. With an unprecedented global demand for gold, silver and three- coin Proof sets alike – Collectors and investors alike are frantically searching to secure the last available issues of this popular mythological creature.

Perth Mint Dragon Silver Proof Trio

A divine essence of the Chinese culture, the Year of the Dragon has left believers captivated for centuries. Unmarked by societal affluence, the Year of the Dragon has maintained the strength of its original roots – providing an insight into its remarkable global popularity.

Perth Mint Dragon Silver Proof Trio

With both Gold and Silver Trio Perth Mint Proof sets maximising the online allocation in a matter of hours at Downies – Australia’s leading distributor of world coins, banknotes and collectables, and single Gold and Silver Perth Mint Proof coins only lasting a sheer 24 hours online – the level of demand speaks for itself! Whilst Downies online allocations for the current Perth Mint Year of the Dragon releases have been exhausted – there is still hope to secure what they have left! Simply contact Downies, Toll free on 1300 788 358 – but you must be quick!

Stay tuned to www.yearofthedragon.net.au for more 2012 Year of the Dragon coins soon to be released!

24th Aug2011

Perth Mint Gold and Silver 2012 Lunar Dragons

by YOTD

Capturing the magic surrounding the Year of the Dragon comes the newest releases from the Perth Mint – the 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver and Gold Bullion Series. Occupying the fifth and favourite position within the Zodiac, the dragon is the only mythical creature and undoubtedly the most sought after lunar commemorative.

Perth Mint 2012 Lunar Dragon Gold

A highly anticipated release, the Perth Mint’s Bullion Series provides an option for every collector, with issues ranging from 1/2oz through to a massive 10Kilo release, with each struck from either .999 fine silver or 99.99% pure gold – this series is sure to spark excitement from even the newest of collectors.

With confidence, passion, independence and self assurance key qualities for those lucky enough to be born under this sign, The Perth Mint stunningly illustrates the innate beauty of this renowned creature cradling a pearl upon its reverse.

An ideal gift for those born under this diverse sign (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012) the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gold and Silver  Bullion coins are sure to create a great stir amongst collectors and investors alike!

Perth Mint 2012 Lunar Dragon Silver
These stunning releases will be available from Downies.com as of 1st September 2011. We’ll be sure to remind you all via Twitter and Facebook the minute they go live!

18th Aug2011

Royal Australian Mint – 2012 Lunar Dragons

by YOTD

The first round of 2012 Lunar Dragon releases has hit! The Royal Australian Mint have offered up a beautifully timeless design in Gold, Silver and Al-Bronze Unc. All three releases are now available from Downies.com. Direct links at the bottom of the article!

These little beauties are going to go like hot cakes, so we’d advise those who are thinking of a purchase, to secure yours ASAP!

Royal Australian Mint 2012 Lunar Dragons

 The only mythological creature featured in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and unquestionably the most famous of the twelve year-signs, it will come as no surprise that the Year of the Dragon coins are the most sought after Lunar New Year commemoratives worldwide. In 2012, we will once again celebrate the Year of the Dragon, with the Royal Australian Mint naturally issuing an array of coins to honour the role of this legendary beast in the Chinese Lunar Cycle.

A much anticipated release, the RAM’s new 2012 Year of the Dragon Series provides an option for every collector. With this unique Year of the Dragon Australian legal tender type struck from glittering gold, sumptuous silver and affordable al-bronze, the latest addition to the RAM’s first ever Lunar coin series is sure to be as sought after as its predecessors.

The most prestigious acquisition of the 2012 series, the 1/10oz .9999 fine gold Proof will undoubtedly be highly sought after by Lunar collectors and gold collectors alike. Beautifully presented in an official RAM case, complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, this 17.53mm diameter Proof coin has a tiny mintage of just 2,500! An affordable, yet prestigious gift, the 25mm 11.66g .999 fine silver Proof is also superbly presented within an official RAM case, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity confirming the strictly limited edition of 10,000. Not to be issued for circulation and a must-have for a complete $1 collection, the 25mm al-bronze Year of the Dragon $1 is just as important to traditional collectors as it is to Lunar buyers.

Forming a fantastic gift for anyone born in the Year of the Dragon (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 or 2000), each of these official, brilliantly designed Australian legal tender coins is available at the Mint’s Official Issue Price.

All three releases are now available to purchase from Downies.com

2012 $10 Year Of The Dragon Gold Proof

2012 $1 Year Of The Dragon Silver Proof

2012 $1 Year Of The Dragon Al-Br BU

30th Jun2011

2000 Year Of The Dragon Gold & Silver Collections

by YOTD

In the lead up to the release of the 2012 issues, we’ll be sourcing out some content from the previous round of Lunar Dragon releases, which debuted on the market in 2000. First up, we have the 2000 Year Of The Dragon Gold Collection! Sourced from an old Money Catalogue from Australian numismatic dealer, Downies, this little writeup does well in conveying the sheer brilliance and utter magnificence of the collections.


The Year 2000 is also the Year of the Dragon – the symbolic representation of the New Year in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Year 2000 Australian Lunar Series of silver and gold coins from the Perth Mint will launch what will be a memorable year of celebration.

Those born in the Year of the Dragon are known for their powerful and majestic spirit. Confident and strong, the Dragon is dynamic, exciting and irresistible. With this in mind, the Perth Mint has created coins of power, with outstanding designs epitomising the Dragon’s indomitable spirit.

The Unquenchable Fire – The Golden Dragon

2000 Year of the Dragon Gold Colletion

$100 1oz Gold Proof

Incorporating traditional Chinese symbolism within a glorious modern design, the Year 2000 Australian Lunar Gold Series reveals all of the technical brilliance of the Perth Mint.

Each of the coins depicts a Chinese dragon design, set amongst clouds, gazing at a pearl. The clouds reflect good fortune, while the pearl is the highest symbol of purity – entirely apt for coins of pure gold from the precious metal specialists at the Perth Mint.

The worldwide popularity of the dragon motif will ensure unprecedented international demand for these stunning coins. Available as 1/20, 1/10, ¼ and One Ounce sizes, each of these coins is

  • Graced with a  superb design of the Year of the Dragon, with a Chinese character to signify its place in the Lunar Calendar, as well as the Millennium date 2000
  • Struck in .9999 fine gold to Specimen quality
  • Housed in a capsule, and is available encased as a set of four complete with a Certificate of Authenticity
  • Unique and eminently collectable.

Enter The Dragon! New Silver Lunar Bullion!

2000 Year of the Dragon Silver Collection

50c 1oz Silver Proof

The New Year of the Dragon Specimen silver coins are highlighted by exceptional designs, defined by their clarity and backed by an authority that is impossible to ignore.  Intricately detailed, yet smooth and elegant, these stunning silver coins are simply a pleasure to look upon.

Comprising five pure silver coins, the series includes the One Kilo, as well as the One, Two and Ten Ounce coins. The great success of the Perth Mint’s first ever bullion half ounce coin, the 1999 Year of the Rabbit, will assuredly be repeated in the Year of the Dragon.

As it prepares to enter another century of excellence, the Year 2000 Australian Lunar Silver Series takes the Perth Mint’s Precious Metal Program to a new level. Each of these superbly crafted coins

  • Depicts the Year of the Dragon, with a Chinese character signifying its place in the Lunar Calendar
  • Is struck from .999 fine silver to the flawless Specimen quality of the Perth Mint
  • Comes encapsulated, with the full set of five available in an attractive presentation case, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity
  • Is unique, affordable and highly collectable.