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

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1680
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar 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

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

Edge

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

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

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In 2007 the RAM launched an on-going series of Aluminium-bronze NCLT 25mm one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. The series ran until 2018. The "Year of the Dragon" was the sixth coin in the series and was issued 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.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a plush square red box.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2012  20,160 UNC in Coincard

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