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Australia International Year of the Dragon

2012 Proof One Dollar reverse 2012 Proof One Dollar obverse

2012 Proof One Dollar

Mintage:3,898
Reverse Designer:Vladimir Gottwald Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:40mm Weight:31.1g Composition:99.9% Silver

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The Chinese Zodiac is an astrological system that rotates through a twelve year lunar cycle. Each of these years is associated with an animal arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. An ancient folk story states that the order was established by a race between the animals that was orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. It is believed that each of these animals is associated with a set of characteristics that may serve as an astrological guide to understand the events that occur in the year as well as the personalities of those born in the year. The Royal Australian Mint regularly produces coins celebrating the beginning of a new Chinese Lunar Year.

This one dollar piece was issued in 2012 to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Dragon. It is referred to by the Royal Australian Mint as a "Lucky Dragon" coin and is part of an exclusive set that was created for a private international program. The set includes three silver coins (One, Ten, and Thirty Dollars) and three gold coins (Hundred, Five-Hundred, and Three-thousand Dollars). The reverse features a Chinese dragon with the coins composition"1 oz.999 SILVER" in the legend. The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR".

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