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

Canada 2012 $15 Lunar Lotus-Shaped Silver Proof


The perfect tribute to the enchanting Dragon sign, the 2012 $15 Lunar Lotus Dragon Silver Proof is the epitome of Royal Canadian Mint craftsmanship. The third release in an exceptional series housing the innovative scalloped edge design reminiscent of a lotus flower, this charismatic release features a detailed dragon across its 38mm flan.

Canada 2012 $15 Lunar Lotus-Shaped Dragon Silver Proof

Struck to perfect Proof quality from .9999 fine silver, each coin is individually housed in Royal Canadian Mint’s flawless presentation. A truly captivating issue to welcome one of the most favoured Chinese lunar signs, the Canada 2012 Lunar Lotus Proof is now available at downies.com. With the choice between a presentation case or individual shipper – be sure to secure your next release today!

06th Oct2011

2012 $30 Year of the Dragon Ruby Eye Kilo Silver Specimen


One of the world’s largest legal tender issues this massive one kilo, .999 silver, full colour specimen is undoubtedly one of the most captivating releases to be issued thus far. Commanding the attention of collectors and investors alike, this dramatic one kilo silver coin is adorned by a genuine ruby in the right eye of the dragon!

Perth Mint Kil Gemstone Dragon

With the weight and purity of this legal tender issue guaranteed by the Australian Government, this Perth Mint struck coin is sure to be devastated by the uncontrollable market demand – head to downies.com for more information.

05th Oct2011

24 Hour Sell Out – Perth Mint’s 2012 $1 Lunar Dragon Typeset


Selling out at both Downies and the Mint within just 24 hours – the Perth Mint’s 2012 $1 Lunar Dragon Typeset has left collectors across the globe frantically searching to try to secure one of the most popular releases of the year. Showcasing four distinct Year of the Dragon coins featuring the Perth Mint’s signature lunar dragon with designs ranging from gold plated to full colour reverses, each Australian legal tender issue includes the Mint’s official ‘P’ mintmark. With a global mintage of just 1,500 sets – those lucky enough to get a hold of one are sure to be the envy of the numismatic world!

Perth Mint 2012 Lunar Dragon Typset

With allocations of popular Lunar Dragon coins still available for purchase – head over to www.downies.com before they too meet their destined sell out fate!

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!

07th Jul2011

2000 Year of the Dragon Kilo Silver Proof Coin with Diamond Eyes


For the second edition in our series of retrospective posts, we’ll be highlighting the extremely beautiful 2000 Silver Kilo Coin with Diamond eyes. Again, it’s been sourced from an old Money Catalogue from Australian numismatic dealer, Downies. We’d have to say that this release is probably one of the most extravagant from the 2000 series – lets hope we see something similar released in the current series!

2000 Year Of The Dragon Silver Kilo Diamond Eyes

Sumptuous, opulent, lavish… words that are not ordinarily associated with coins. That is until you feast your eyes on the Year of the Dragon Kilo Coin. The use of colour is dramatic. The addition of yellow diamonds as the dragon’s eyes is pure genius. They emanate fire.

The inclusion of precious gems as feature elements of a coin design was a concept that took Europe by storm last year. It has been brought to Australia in this latest issue from the Perth Mint, adding a new dimension to the world’s largest coin.

The Year of the Dragon Kilo Coin presents the design of a powerful dragon licked by flames. It is struck to Specimen quality in pure .999 fine silver and is Australian legal tender with a denomination of $30. Each of these stunning coins

  • Features sparkling yellow diamonds that have been inserted into the dragon’s eyes
  • Hosts a richly coloured purple and yellow border of five bats and clouds on the reverse, synonymous with the blessings of longevity, integrity and leading a full life
  • Incorporates the Chinese character for the dragon, the lunar year 2000, the weight and purity of .999 fine silver in the reverse design
  • Carries the mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse
  • Is blessed with individual edge numbering, and each of these giant coins comes housed in a red velveteen presentation case with a serial numbered Certificate of Authenticity

This is a coin to enjoy. It is prestigious. It is also very exclusive with only 500 available to the Australian collector market.


30th Jun2011

2000 Year Of The Dragon Gold & Silver Collections


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.