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Australian Gold Lunar Coins


2000 Year of the Dragon

1/20 Troy Oz Unc

99.99% Gold


The 1/20th oz Perth Lunar Gold Case
Perth Mint Photo


The Perth Mint’s extremely popular gold Lunar coins depict the Chinese Lunar Calendar, offering 12 fascinating designs corresponding to each sign in the calendar’s 12-year cycle and are housed in an attractive display case.
The Lord Buddha summoned all the animals of the earth to come to him before he departed to his next life. Only twelve arrived to bid him farewell, and they were rewarded with a year named after them in the order that they arrived.
For the Chinese, the mythology of the dragon can be traced back to ancestral China with the characteristics of success, happiness and prosperity.
Those born in the year of the Dragon – 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000 . Dragons are straightforward, intelligent, vivacious, honest and self-sufficient. They are also quick-tempered, stubborn, eccentric, impulsive and unpredictable.
Dragon years are regarded as the most auspicious and jubilant, and are marked by many celebrations and festivals. During dragon years birth rates soar within the Chinese community, as parents seek to confer new born's with the dragon’s characteristics. The year 2000 year marks the return of the metal element with the dragon after 60 years. For those born in the year of the ‘metal dragon’ life is beautiful, as everything they touch ‘turns to gold’
The Chinese Year of the Dragon, commemorated by The Perth Mint in the Australian Lunar gold uncirculated coins, begins on 5 February and covers the period to 23 January .

2000 Year of the Dragon Reverse

2000 Year of the Dragon Obverse
Mintage - (Issue Limit)
100,000
The Year of the Dragon gold design features a traditional Chinese dragon among the clouds and gazing at a pearl. Clouds symbolise good fortune and happiness, while a pearl is the highest symbol for purity and preciousness. The design also features the Chinese character for dragon.
These coins are the only major legal tender, pure gold coins to change their design each year. This feature and their limited annual mintages give them potential for numismatic appreciation over time.
All coins are legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and bear an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination on the obverse .


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Composition: 99.99% Gold
Gold Content: 0.050 oz
Denomination: $5
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 1.571 grams
Size: 16.10 mm
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100 Years of the Perth Mint


John McIlwraith & Anthea Harris
The History of Australian Coin Production at the Perth Mint

Goldcorp
1999
Perth Mint
310 Hay St
East Perth WA 6004

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