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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon - Silver Proof

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon - Silver Proof) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 11.66 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1680a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Dragon

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
IRB
· 1 DOLLAR ·

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Dragon inside inner circle with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design, chinese character for dragon to right

Lettering:
2012

YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Translation: 龙 = Dragon

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dragon - Silver Proof)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2007 the RAM launched an on-going series of Fine Silver (.999) NCLT Proof one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. The series ran until 2018. This 2012 dated sixth coin in the series was issued in a capsule in a plush square red box.



An Aluminium-bronze UNC version of the coin was also released in a long coincard.

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve year cycle, each year being represented by an animal. People born in the "Year of the Dragon" wear the crown of destiny and are capable of great achievements if they know how to harness their tremendous energy, intelligence and talent.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2012  10,000 Cased Proof

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