Australian Gold Lunar Dragon 1 oz Series 2 – 2012
The primary reason for the Australian Gold Lunar Dragon 1 oz Series 2 popularity is their exquisite quality. Many collectors assert that The Perth Mint is without equal when it comes to producing collector coins.
Beautifully struck – the Australian Gold Lunar Dragon 1 oz Series 2 features raised, reflective surfaces which contrast with satin-like fields. This feature can best be seen on the obverse, with the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which graces the front of all the Lunar Series coins. The reverses of the Australian Gold Lunar Dragon 1 oz Series 2 coins carry images of the tiger associated with the Lunar Calendar year.
Another reason for the Australian Gold Lunar Dragon 1 oz Series 2 coins’ popularity is that they are limited production coins. The 1-ounce Lunar Series gold coins are limited to 30,000 coins for each year and clearly have become collector favorites.
Another feature that makes the Australian Gold Lunar Dragon 1 oz Series 2 so popular is that The Perth Mint can produce back-dated coins until the production cap is met. This means that the earlier coins are still available and can be purchased near bullion coin prices, permitting collectors who learn of the series late to acquire the earlier coins at bullion coin prices. The policy of minting coins from earlier years is unique to The Perth Mint and for only the Lunar Series coins.
By law, the Lunar Series coins have to display the image of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. When the series started in 1996, the official likeness of the Queen was younger. In 1999, however, Buckingham Palace changed the official likeness to a mature Queen, which is carried forward into the Lunar II series. The change resulted in the first three years’ coins (1996, 1997, and 1998) having the image of the younger Queen Elizabeth and with the later coins having the mature image.
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