Leave it to the Perth Mint to make the luxury of a. 9999 fine gold dragon affordable for everyone! The Year of the Dragon-Most Powerful and Auspicious!
Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Rabbit (1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012) are said to exhibit that animal's attributes.
While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they're most successful when working alone.
Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren't applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!
They're driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They're passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. The Oriental or Chinese concept of the dragon is much different than the European notion of this beast. Whereas in the West dragons are nearly always evil, fire breathing creatures of immense size and destructiveness, in the East they are beloved.
Chinese dragons are benevolent, representing most auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, and floods. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang (male) and perfectly complements a yin (female).
The dragon is a mystical being, able to use an almost unlimited range of magical or supernatural powers. It is able to disguise itself as a silkworm, or become as large as our entire universe. It can fly among the clouds or hide in water. It can form clouds, turn into water or fire, become invisible or glow in the dark. It is interesting to note that the Oriental dragon's ability to fly is a magical (not a physical) ability; unlike European dragons, Chinese dragons are rarely if ever depicted with physical wings.Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. Many pictures of oriental dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin. The pearl is associated with wealth, good luck, and prosperity. In Chinese culture, the pearl also symbolizes perfection, which is only obtained through the highest forms of wisdom. As such, the pearl is retained in the clutches of the dragon, who, like the emperor, reveals great "pearls of wisdom" as it bestows abundance and prosperity upon its people. This coin features the most powerful and auspicious of all the animals in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac-the Dragon. The dragon is always the most popular animal, and always sells out. Previous Year of the Dragon coins now sell for many multiples of their issue prices. Don't delay, tame your dragon today! This artistically-rendered beauty contains a full one-tenth ounce of four nines. Its weight represents a most popular fractional size of gold - small enough to be economical for any collector, but large enough to contain a significant amount of gold. The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Perth Mint have brought us this affordable gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame! A rampaging, imperial Chinese dragon chases after the pearl of wisdom. The legend YEAR OF THE DRAGON defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Dragon" is below, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the right, near the 3:00 position along the rim. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend 1/10 OZ 9999 GOLD guarantees the weight and purity.
The legends ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.