03rd Apr2012

2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Ten-Coin Set


Set to cause a great stir across the market, the Perth Mint has just announced the newest 2012 Year of the Dragon commemorative to be issued into their diverse range.

Headlined by the sold-out 1oz Silver Bullion coin, this spectacular set also features nine additional 1oz specimen coins struck from .999 fine silver. Depicting the Perth Mint’s iconic dragon across each 45.60mm diameter, each of the nine coins are precisely enhanced by an array of full-colour designs. Coloured in red, blue, brown, purple, silver, white, yellow, black and gold, representative of the traits of the effervescent Lunar Dragon, each Australian legal tender issue is strictly limited to a 2,500 set mintage.

Destined to be devoured across the global market, immediate action will be vital to secure this remarkable set. With a small allocation available at Downies.com – delay will only disappoint!

24th Jan2012

Singapore 2012 Hong Bao Mint Set


The perfect way to welcome 2012’s Year of the Dragon, the Singapore Mint has just announced the release of the new Hong Bao Mint Set.

A vibrant presentation to what is sure to be a hotly pursued commemorative – each Hong Bao Mint Set is struck to the highest standards of the Singapore Mint. Comprised of the six official legal tender coins – the 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and the scalloped edged $5 coin, each set is housed within a superbly illustrated, traditional red envelope.

A unique yet traditional way to welcome the dawn of the Year of the Dragon, to secure your Hong Bao Mint Set head on over to Downies.com!

23rd Jan2012

Fiji 2012 $50 Lunar Dragon Mother Of Pearl 5oz Silver Proof


The epitome of numismatic craftsmanship, underpinned by prestige, style and absolute class, the Fiji 2012 $50 Year of the Dragon Mother of Pearl 5oz Silver Proof has been perhaps the biggest Year of the Dragon commemorative yet! Limited to a mintage of just 888 coins – all of which have been devoured by international collectors – Downies are the only Australian supplier to have secured a mere 60 coins for a February release!

Featuring start-of-the-art minting capabilities combined with sheer numismatic innovation, this exquisite Proof is adorned with a genuine Mother of Pearl inner core. Struck to the perfection of Proof quality from a massive five ounces of .999 fine silver, each official legal tender tribute encompasses a unique dragon design across its huge 65mm diameter flan.

Housed within fitting presentation completed with an informative, numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each Mother of Pearl Silver Proof truly is the pinnacle of first-class minting! Sold out immediately at the mint, Downies is perhaps your only chance to reserve your 2012 Year of the Dragon Mother of Pearl 5oz Silver Proof – immediate action will be vital!

02nd Nov2011

Tuvalu 2012 50c Baby Dragon 1/2oz Silver Proof


An iconic release to be issued into the Perth Mint’s unwavering Year of the Dragon collection, the 2012 50c Baby Dragon Proof is sure to capture the inner child of every collector. Struck to Proof quality from 1/2oz of .999 pure silver, this full coloured, pad printed design is the perfect release to welcome the festive season!

Tuvalu 2011 50c Baby Dragon 1/2oz Silver Proof

Depicting a baby dragon carrying a sackful of gifts across its 36.60mm diameter reverse, this legal tender coin features Ian Rank- Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. Housed within fitting Perth Mint presentation, each Baby Dragon Proof is housed within a plush display case and illustrated outer shipper and completed with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the global mintage of just 7,500 coins.

With the overwhelming demand for all Year of the Dragon releases continuing strongly across the globe – this Silver Proof will be no exception. With a small allocation available at downies.com be quick to guarantee supply!

22nd Sep2011

Niue Island 2011 Year of the Dragon Gold Proof


Commanding, flamboyant and utterly prestigious!

A highly exclusive issue, this 2011 release is the newest Year of the Dragon commemorative to hit our shores! Struck to exceptional Proof quality from .900 fine gold, this Niue legal tender coin is sure to demand the attention of anyone lucky enough to come across it!

Niue Island 2011 Year of the Dragon Gold Proof

Containing just over ¼ ounce of pure gold, this eye catching Proof is a perfect tribute to the effervescent Dragon sign. Featuring an image of the ‘Golden Dragon’ – a renowned statue in Thailand’s Temple of Chonburi, the reverse is completed with the ‘Year of the Dragon 2012’ inscription across its 22mm flan.

Struck to the finest standards of the Polish Mint, this vibrant Year of the Dragon Proof is housed within a prestigious presentation case and completed with a Certificate of Authenticity. With a small allocation of the tiny 1,000 coin mintage currently available at www.downies.com – be quick to guarantee supply!

09th Sep2011

Going, Going, Gone – 2012 Year of the Dragon


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


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!

19th Aug2011

Laos 2012 Year of the Dragon Jade 2 Ounce Silver Coin


Released by the Government of Laos, this new silver coin struck to exact proof quality has been issued to celebrate the 5th animal in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, the Dragon! This is only the second coin in the prestigious Lunar series from Laos, and comes after the success of the 2011 Jade Rabbit Silver Proof. Standing out from other Lunar coins, this special silver coin is enhanced not only with selective Gold-plating, but also by the inclusion of a ring of genuine Burmese jade!

Jade Dragon 2oz Silver Proof

Inspired by the 12-year cycle of animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, the Dragon is regarded as the most powerful signs, occupying the fifth position within the Zodiac. There are several stories about how the order of the 12 animals came to be. One of those stories tells of the Jade Emperor organising a swimming race between all animals, with the first twelve to make it across the river having a year named after them. The Dragon came in fifth position – despite being able to both fly and swim – on account of being helpful to some of the other animals trying to make it across.

Those born under in the years of the Dragon are said to be honest, free spirited, healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered and stubborn, as well as somewhat flamboyant – with big ideas, ornate gestures and extreme ambitions.

With this 2012 Jade Dragon Silver coin we see a representative combination of success and happiness, brought about through the Year of the Dragon, together with balance, healing and humanitarian qualities symbolic of the inclusion of the Jade. A captivating work of numismatic art, the reverse design of this silver Proof portrays a gold-plated profile of a dragon enclosed within a ring of genuine Burmese Jade – individually certified by the Gem Appraisal Center of Peking University in Beijing. Framed by two traditional Chinese dragons headlined by the character for 2012, this issue is fittingly housed within a red presentation case complete with a Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the tiny mintage of just 2,888 coins.

This stunning Year of the Dragon Jade and Silver coin is currently available for Pre-Order now at Euro Collections International, with delivery set for early September.

08th Aug2011

Year Of The Dragon 2012 Releases!


Just a quick post to notify you all that we have received confirmation that Mid-August will see the first round of Year Of The Dragon 2012 coin releases!

At this stage we can’t reveal much else, but rest-assured, we’ll have information the minute it comes to hand!

Ensure that you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up to our Mailing list for up to the minute release details.

Our site will be your one-stop resource for everything Year Of The Dragon coin related – concentrating on Australian minted releases from Perth Mint, along with world releases from across the globe – gold, silver, platinum, bronze – you name it, we’ll cover it!