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Australian Perth Mint Dragons of Legend Silver Coins

Updated on August 5, 2013

About the series...

2012 is the year of the dragon and it inspired the release of a colored silver coin series highlighting 5 mythical dragons from around the globe by the Perth Mint in Australia called the Dragons of Legend. The five dragons featured are the Red Welsh Dragon, Chinese Dragon, Saint George Dragon, Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon and the European Green Dragon.

Each colored silver coin is struck in 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and presented in a beautifully illustrated outer box, presentation case and includes a serialized Certificate of Authenticity. The Dragons of Legend silver coins were designed by renowned fine artist and illustrator Howard David Johnson, Mintage is extremely limited to just 5000 coins for each release. I hope you enjoy the review.

Dragons of Legend - European Green Dragon 2013 1 oz Silver Proof Coin
Dragons of Legend - European Green Dragon 2013 1 oz Silver Proof Coin

Dragons of Legend - European Green Dragon 2013

1oz Silver Proof Coin

The fifth and final release completes this incredibly popular series! The classic full color European Green Dragon dominates the medieval landscape on this Dragons of Legend .999 fine silver dollar with a limited mintage of only 5,000 coins.

2012 Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon Proof
2012 Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon Proof

2012 Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon Proof

A vibrant full color detailed portrait of a Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon set against a unique landscape backdrop. The words DRAGONS OF LEGEND and THREE-HEADED DRAGON announce the theme of the release and 1 OZ 999 SILVER states the weight and purity.

Dragons of Legend St George Dragon Coin Reverse
Dragons of Legend St George Dragon Coin Reverse

2012 St. George Dragon Silver Proof

The third release in this immensely popular series is the St. George and the Dragon silver proof coin. A complete color rendering of St. George slaying the imposing dragon, set against the breath taking English countryside, completed with a castle in the background. The legends DRAGONS OF LEGEND and ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON announce the theme for the release, while 1 OZ 999 SILVER states the weight and purity.

The story of the knightly St. George slaying the imposing dragon, and saving the kingdom and princess from its wrath, dates all the way back to medieval times. This release pays tribute to the legend with mint packaging consisting of the coin encapsulated in an air tight, inside a black leather presentation case, housed in a full-color outer box with a numbered illustrated COA.

2012 Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend St George and the Dragon Coin Box
2012 Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend St George and the Dragon Coin Box

2012 $1 Dragons of Legend St George & The Dragon - Tuvalu Silver Proof

Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend 5oz Chinese Dragon Coin
Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend 5oz Chinese Dragon Coin

2012 Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend 5 oz Chinese Dragon Coin

One Time Special Release!

Much to the appreciation of Dragon silver coin fans the Perth Mint in a surprising development added a 5 ounce coin to the Chinese Dragon of Legend Series. An incredible flying dragon rules over the reptile kingdom. A pair of dragons, one golden and one purple, encircle the pearl of wisdom. The Chinese Dragon stands as unmatched master of the air and water. Struck by the Perth Mint from an imposing 5 ounces of .999 fine Australian silver with a limited mintage of 1,000, the coin's dragon design is said to bring prosperity, power and good fortune. Released on July 3rd 2012 this is the first 5 ounce release from the Dragon of Legend series.

2012 Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend 5 oz Chinese Dragon Coin Box
2012 Australia Perth Mint Dragons Of Legend 5 oz Chinese Dragon Coin Box

2012 CHINESE DRAGON SILVER PROOF

The second release in this very popular series is the Chinese Dragon. The Dragon rises from the depths of the ocean against a back drop of a lightning storm. The dragon is a supernatural animal being with a diverse range of magical and/or supernatural capabilities. It is able to disguise itself as small as a worm, or expand to the size of a galaxy. It can fly high or plunge to the depths of the ocean. It can disappear, create fog, breathe fire, or eerily glow in darkness. The Chinese concept of the dragon is one of a much beloved benevolent character. This stands in stark contrast to the European view of the dragon as a dark evil creature.

The mint packaging consists of the coin encapsulated in an air tight, inside a black leather presentation case, housed in a full-color outer box with a numbered illustrated COA.

$1 Dragons of Legend - Chinese Dragon Video

2012 RED WELSH DRAGON SILVER PROOF

The first release of the series is the Welsh Red Dragon. on the Obverse is a full color portrait of a Red Welsh Dragon in the mountainous region to which it is home. The word details "DRAGONS OF LEGEND" and "RED WELSH DRAGON" are crisply stuck along with the weight and purity (1 Oz fine silver).

Unlike most fierce evil dragons, the Red Dragon of Wales is documented to be the protector of the Welsh and is noted in Celtic mythology. The coin arrives encapsulated in an air tight, inside a black leather presentation case. The case is lined with black velvet and satin to highlight the coins vibrant hues and housed in a full-color outer box.

Dragons of Legend - Welsh Dragon Silver Coin

Here is a nicely done overview of the Red Welsh Silver Proof and the accompanying mint issued packaging. Enjoy!

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Australia Perth Mint 5 Ounce Dragon of Legend Silver Coin
Australia Perth Mint 5 Ounce Dragon of Legend Silver Coin

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2012 European Green Dragon Silver Proof

This coin has not been released. Pictures will be available shortly after I receive my coin. Until then here is a little teaser image.

Some Superstitions surrounding Dragons

Many people who killed a dragon kept the head as a signal to others of their bravery.

If you want to see into the future take a bath in Dragon blood.

One solitary puff from of Dragon's breathe can kill a soldier.

The holder of a Dragons tooth was sure to have good luck.

Eye ointment from Dragon fat was said to be the best.

Planted dragons teeth sprout fierce soldiers

One a sword has been dipped in a Dragons blood any wound arising from it will never heal.

Dragon bones are are considered a very powerful medicinal agent. Actually, up until 1927 when the practice was outlawed several villages in China supported themselves exclusively by digging and selling dragon bones.

Chinese Dragons - Did you know?

The major types of Chinese dragons are:

Horned dragon

Winged dragon

Celestial dragon

Spiritual dragon

Dragon of hidden treasures

Coiling dragon

Yellow dragon

Dragon king

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      The number of dragon coins released in one year by one mint was staggering. Nice hub.

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      Traveller579 4 years ago

      Superb!!! Australian Dragons of Legend Silver Coins very nice information in your lens thanks for sharing.