* 99.9% pure silver
* Australian legal tender
* Chinese Lunar Year theme - Dragon
* Features a real ruby eye
* Declared mintage of just 1,895 coins
* Presentation packaging
This year's Gemstone Edition from the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II celebrates the dragon, the fifth animal in the Chinese lunar calendar.
The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese lunar dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave and passionate.
A superb gift or collectable, the coin is meticulously struck by The Perth Mint from 1kg of 99.9% pure silver in specimen quality.
The reverse of the coin depicts a red dragon with a representation of a 'pearl of wisdom'. The dragon has a ruby set in one of its eyes. The Chinese character for dragon and the inscription YEAR OF THE DRAGON also appear in the design with The Perth Mint's traditional P mintmark.
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.
The Perth Mint declared a final mintage of just 1,895 Gemstone Edition coins celebrating the 2012 Year of the Dragon from a maximum mintage of 5,000.
The Year of the Dragon Gemstone Edition coin is housed in a black and red display case and illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Silver Content (Troy oz): 32.151
Fineness (% purity): 99.9
Denomination (AUD): 30.00
Minimum Gross Weight (g): 1001.002
Maximum Diameter (mm): 100.60
Maximum Thickness (mm): 14.60
All coins are presented in protective acrylic capsules.