Mintage of only 38,888 coins!
This 2012 1/10 oz .9999-fine Gold coin from the Royal Canadian Mint features a one-year-only, rampaging dragon with the Chinese characters for "Year of the Dragon" and clouds that represent good fortune. The obverse shows Susanna Blunt's design of Queen Elizabeth II of England. This highly collectible coin is attractively housed in the original box of issue. The included certificate of authenticity is numbered and tells the tale of the Chinese lunar calendar as well as characteristics of those born during the Year of the Dragon.
The Chinese lunar calendar, first introduced by Emperor Huan Ti in 2637 BC, is a cycle of twelve years, each named after a different animal and including legends about how the zodiacs were chosen. Some believe Lord Buddha summoned the animals to bid him farewell when he parted the Earth and rewarded his loyal subjects by naming a year after them - The Year of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The character of each animal is believed to influence the events, political and economic conditions of its year, and even the personality of individuals born during its cycle.
The year 2012 is ruled by the Dragon. The Dragon's personality is that of the ultimate "doer." It tackles everything with fiery enthusiasm. The Dragon is extremely loyal to its loved ones and will come to the rescue every time. Right or wrong, forget about steering a Dragon away from a disastrous situation - duty calls! The Dragon may have a big ego and demanding ways, but it inspires everyone it comes in contact with. This magical character is too captivating to resist.
The year of the Dragon also ruled 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012. However, people born in January or February should consult the Chinese lunar calendar as the Chinese New Year does not automatically fall on January 1st. This celebration is better known as the Spring Festival and coincides with the first day of spring - a date that shifts from year to year depending upon the lunar cycle and solar year.