2000 Australia 1 oz Gold Lunar Dragon BU (Series I)

2000 Australia 1 oz Gold Lunar Dragon BU (Series I)

This is the fifth release of The Perth Mint's first Lunar Series, which consists of 12 coins. Not only is the dragon the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac, it is also one of the most popular, and this coin has a mintage of just 30,000 coins.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Each coin is packaged in a plastic capsule.
  • Obverse: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
  • Reverse: Shows a traditional Chinese dragon, a long, scaled, serpentine creature with a "pearl of wisdom", designed by Tony Dean.
  • Issued by the Perth Mint.

Protect and display your Gold Lunar Year of the Dragon coin in style by adding an attractive presentation box to your order.

A highly popular series, the Australian Series I Gold Lunar coins have attracted attention from collectors and investors all over the world. Add this well-known and desired coin to your cart today!

The Gold Perth Lunar Series I is a beautiful collection featuring every animal from the Chinese Lunar Calendar and was in production from 1996 until 2007. The coins were minted in a wide array of sizes including 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz and 1 kilo and contain .999 fine Gold.

The Gold Perth Series I features a different animal every year, starting with the mouse in 1996 then followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The obverse features the profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as captured by Raphael Maklouf. The Perth Mint also produced a Silver Lunar series featuring the same animal as the Gold coins, however, the 2006 Gold Year of the Dog coin is unique from its Silver counterpart: the Gold features a beagle whereas the Silver coin depicts a German shepherd.

The Lunar Series is based on the ancient 12-year Chinese lunar calendar, which dates back to 2,600 B.C. The Lunar Calendar is steeped in tradition and symbolism. Based on the appearance of the moon, the Lunar Calendar associates a different animal with each year in the 12-year cycle. These animals are said to have a profound influence on the personalities of people born under their rule.

The Perth Mint was established in 1899, two years before the federation of Australia in 1901. Initially, the mint was established to refine the large amounts of Gold coming in from deposits in Western Australia including Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie and Murchison. The mint also produced Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns to be circulated throughout Britain. Although Australia became an independent nation in 1901, the Perth Mint remained under the purview of the British crown until 1970. Following a 1987 State Act of Parliament, Gold Corporation, a company entirely owned by the Government of Western Australia, was established and mandated to operate the Perth Mint to market their Gold, Silver and Platinum Australian coins overseas.

The Perth Mint is also known for its outstanding quality and industry-leading creations. In 1957, the mint produced a 13 oz proof “plate” of .999999 fine Gold, the highest purity ever achieved. In 2011, they created the world’s largest, heaviest and most valuable Gold coin, containing .9999 fine Gold and weighing 2,231 pounds, that was worth $53.5 million (AUD) at the time of minting.
Customer Reviews of 2000 Australia 1 oz Gold Lunar Dragon BU (Series I)
2000 Australia 1 oz Gold Lunar Dragon BU (Series I)
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Easily one of my most beautiful coins.

By  Fidel

from Castaic, CA

5.0

The low mintage and popularity amongst a huge population doesn't hurt. The dragon being the only mythical creature of the lunar series added to the importance of getting one in my possession.

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Easy to Sell
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand

Great Dragon Coin!

By  Hard to Find

from North Texas

5.0

I dropped this, 'Cased Coin,' on a concrete floor that busted the encasement, and the coin's edge got a pen-head nic & .25 in. light impressed flatening - on one side of it's ribbed edging- Gold Is Soft as Butter - best not to play with, "Rated Coins" - my lesson learned... Otherwise - coin is still flawless upon it faces... APMEX replaced the encasement - THANKS!

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition

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from TX

5.0

I received my coin today. It is the most gorgeous coin I have. No wonder it is priced higher than others in the Lunar series. APMEX is an extremely professional vendor, and I will be back again.

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