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2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Coins of the World

Updated on August 18, 2014

All about 2012 Silver Dragons

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Mints across the globe are capitalizing on the popularity of lunar themed coins and the wildly popular dragon year by releasing a wide array of silver coins, proof silver coins, and colorized coins to commemorate the year.

The dragon is widely known for its strength, beauty, and noble nature. These traits are portrayed by the Mints of the world's 2012 Year of the Dragon coin releases. Not only is the dragon the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac, it is also one of the most popular and brings discerning silver coin collectors and investors flocking in to purchase the popular releases. While is is probably impossible to list every release from every mint this lens will attempt to present a wide array of the worlds dragon releases. I hope you enjoy the review!

2012 Australian Lunar Dragon Proof
2012 Australian Lunar Dragon Proof

2012 Australian Perth Mint Silver Dragon

No review of year of the dragon coins would be complete without mentioning the Perth Mint's offering. The Australian Perth Mint released dragon coins in 10 Kilo, 1 Kilo, 10, 5, 2, 1 and 1/2 ounce sizes. They released bullion versions that usually closely follow the value of the silver contained in them, proof, colorized, and gilded versions of the dragon. Due to the popularity of the Lunar theme and the Dragon coin in particular most of these coins sell at substantial premiums to their silver content and are considered collector items. The one ounce bullion version has a limited mintage of 300,000 coins.

Coins from the Australian Lunar Dragon
theme are struck by the Perth Mint in 99.9% pure silver and are legal tender in Australia. The reverse depicts a dragon with a representation of a Pearl near the end of the dragon's tail along with the Perth Mint "P" mint mark. The obverse carries the Ian Rank-Broadly effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Most proof and special releases have packaging that consists of an outer box, presentation case, Certificate of Authenticity and an airtight capsule. If you want to know more about the Perth Mint's Dragon Coins click on the dragon on the right for a lens dedicated exclusively to them.

Macau 2012 20 Patacas 1 OZ Silver Dragon
Macau 2012 20 Patacas 1 OZ Silver Dragon

Macau 2012 20 Patacas 1 OZ Silver Dragon

The dragon living in the heavens is the theme for this release. Brought to life by the cloud motif on the obverse and accentuated by colored vibrant hues as is the tradition for this series of contemporary coins. The clouds symbolize a blanket of endless good fortune.

Macau's famous Senado Square is on the reverse of the coin. The popular tourist hotspot is also where major festivals, events and celebrations are conducted. The pavements were laid by Portuguese craftsmen with colorful rocks in a unique wave pattern to serve as a reminder of Macau's Portuguese beginnings.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 20 Patacas

Metal: .999 fine silver

Weight: 31.1 grams

Diameter: 40.7 mm

Quality: Proof

Mintage: 6000

Certificate of Authenticity

Presentation Case

2012 Togolaise Annee Du Dragon Silver Coin

2012 Togolaise Annee Du Dragon Silver Coin
2012 Togolaise Annee Du Dragon Silver Coin

Technical Specifications:

Country: Togo

Composition: .999 Fine Silver

Legal Tender: 1500 Francs

Diameter: 50 mm

Weight: 62.2 Grams or 2 Troy Ounces

Finish: Antique

Mintage: 999

COA

2012 SOMALILAND 1000 SHILLINGS YEAR OF THE DRAGON 1 OZ. SILVER COIN
2012 SOMALILAND 1000 SHILLINGS YEAR OF THE DRAGON 1 OZ. SILVER COIN

2012 SOMALILAND 1000 SHILLINGS YEAR OF THE DRAGON 1 OZ. SILVER COIN

Dragon coins are selling like lemonade on a hot summer day! Most of these popular lunar series commemoratives are selling out extremely quickly at the world's mints release them. With an extremely low mintage of only 5,000 one ounce of 99.9% silver coins, this 2012 Silver Dragon Proof will surely join the others. It exhibits an intricate dragon with frosted design elements against a proof finish. One interesting note is many of these coins mistakenly bear the 2011 date. Just a beautiful issue.

2012 Year Of The Dragon Silver Gilded Proof NIUE New Zealand

Nicely Done Video Overview of the 2012 Gilded New Zealand Dragon including the unique packaging concept.

Australia 2012 Silver Dragon NGC Proof-70 Ultra Cameo - by the Royal Australian Mint

Australia 2012 S$1 Silver Dragon NGC  PF 70
Australia 2012 S$1 Silver Dragon NGC PF 70

While this is a graded example the mint issued packaging has a nice presentation case and illustrated outer box. The coin is 25 mm in diameter and weighs in at 11.66 grams. The proof finish coin has a mintage of 10,000. The graded NGC proof in the photo has a meager population of just 28 coins which shows just how rare perfect graded examples are.

2012 Gold Gilded Cameroon Silver Proof
2012 Gold Gilded Cameroon Silver Proof

Gold Gilded Cameroon 2012 Silver Dragon

The stunning design of this coin displays a gold plated Chinese Dragon set against the Great Wall of China. The chinese symbol for dragon is on the reverse. The coin's obverse presents the Republic of Cameroon Coat of Arms.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 1000 Francs

Metal: .999 fine silver

Weight: 20 grams

Diameter: 38.61 mm

Quality: Proof

Mintage: 888

Certificate of Authenticity

Presentation Case

2012 New Zealand Gilded Dragon 1 oz Silver Proof
2012 New Zealand Gilded Dragon 1 oz Silver Proof

2012 New Zealand Gilded Dragon 1 oz Silver Proof

This $2 legal tender release displays the traditional Chinese Dragon with gold gilding. It is struck in a Proof finish and contains 1 oz .999 Silver. Comes to you in a unique golden colored display case in the form of a basket with Chinese symbols and art. This is housed inside a red outer box with red satin lining and another artistically done dragon imprinted on the lid. A certificate of authenticity finishes off the outstanding presentation packaging of the piece.

Specifications:

Grade: Proof

Composition: .999 fine silver

Legal Tender: $2

Diameter: 40.6 mm

Weight: 31.1 grams

Mintage: 2,500

Presentation Packaging

COA

2012 1/2 oz Silver Niue $2 Pearl Dragon
2012 1/2 oz Silver Niue $2 Pearl Dragon

2012 1/2 oz Silver Niue $2 Pearl Dragon

...Dragons Egg Case!

The coin proudly displays a colored traditional Chinese dragon holding a pearl of wisdom. The image of the dragon is against the oversized Chinese symbol for "Dragon." The weight of 1/2 oz and fineness of .999 Silver round out the coins legend.

The obverse is the Raphael Maklouf profile of Elizabeth II as well as 2012 and Niue, Two Dollars to declare it's legal tender status. This Silver coin comes to you in a very unique packaging consisting of a protective dragon's egg in a green dragon scale box along with a numbered COA!

2012 Silver Dragon Coins of the World Gallery

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2012 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin2012 New Zealand Silver DragonCanada 1/2 ounce Silver Dragon2012 Royal Australian Mint 1 ounce Silver Dragon Proof2012 Macau Colorized Silver DragonColorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver CoinColorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver CoinColorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin2012 Australia Brisbane Colored Dragon Special Show releaseArtistic Pile of 2012 Silver Dragons from Australia
2012 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
2012 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
2012 New Zealand Silver Dragon
2012 New Zealand Silver Dragon
Canada 1/2 ounce Silver Dragon
Canada 1/2 ounce Silver Dragon
2012 Royal Australian Mint 1 ounce Silver Dragon Proof
2012 Royal Australian Mint 1 ounce Silver Dragon Proof
2012 Macau Colorized Silver Dragon
2012 Macau Colorized Silver Dragon
Colorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
Colorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
Colorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
Colorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
Colorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
Colorized NGC MS 70 Chinese Lunar Dragon Silver Coin
2012 Australia Brisbane Colored Dragon Special Show release
2012 Australia Brisbane Colored Dragon Special Show release
Artistic Pile of 2012 Silver Dragons from Australia
Artistic Pile of 2012 Silver Dragons from Australia

Cook Islands 2012 Silver Dragon Coin

Cook Islands 2012 Silver Year of the Dragon Coin
Cook Islands 2012 Silver Year of the Dragon Coin

Photographed above is the Yellow release. It also comes in a similar blue version.

Specifications:

Year of issue: 2012

Legal Tender: 5 Dollars

Quality: Proof

Composition: Silver .999 Fine

Weight: 31.1 g

Diameter: 38.6 mm

Mintage: 5000

Presentation Box

COA

2012 Fiji Yin Yang Chinese Dragon
2012 Fiji Yin Yang Chinese Dragon

2012 Fiji Yin Yang Chinese Dragon

The two piece dragon coin embodies the yin and yang theme, which symbolizes two opposite complementary forces. According to Chinese tradition, the world is formed in a process of constant change with alternating dominance by each opposing force. Together the dragon coins form a whole, a circle. The Raphael Maklouf image of Queen Elizabeth II along with the 2012 date and the denomination are on the obverse of the coins.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 1 Dollar

Metal: .925 fine silver

Weight: 33.62 grams

Diameter: 49.90 mm

Quality: Proof

Mintage:4000

Certificate of Authenticity

Presentation Case

2012 Niue Year of the Dragon - with pearl, 1 dollar Coin

2012 Niue Year of the Dragon - with pearl, 1 dollar Coin
2012 Niue Year of the Dragon - with pearl, 1 dollar Coin

The center is highlighted by a striking image of the Chinese dragon. In his left claw he clings to the pearl of wisdom. Above the dragon is a Chinese logogram meaning “Year of the Dragon”. In the background oriental waves set off the impressive dragon. The legends "2012" appears under the sign of the water and under the dragon is inscribed “Year of the dragon 2012”

2012 Ukraine Silver Dragon Coin

2012 Ukraine Silver Dragon bullion Coin
2012 Ukraine Silver Dragon bullion Coin

The coins reverse depicts a playful dragon within a vegetable pattern motif. Of special note is the dragon's eye which is represented by a 1.5 mm orange zirconia. In addition the 12 animals of the Chinese lunar calendar are depicted in a contour above and below the dragon.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 5 hrynvia

Composition: .925 Silver

Weight,: 15.55 g

Diameter: 33.00 mm

Quality: proof

Edge: grooved

Mintage: 20 000

Presentation Case

COA

2012 Fiji Dragon Red Fire Rubin Gemstone
2012 Fiji Dragon Red Fire Rubin Gemstone

2012 Fiji Dragon Red Fire Rubin Gemstone

The coin's reverse highlights a stunning dragon with the 'pearl of wisdom' as a red fire rubin gemstone. The color red represents success, good luck and prosperity. The Chinese dragon character and the words 'Year of the Dragon' appear in the design. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Elizabeth II, 2012 and the monetary denomination are on the obverse.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 20 Dollars

Metal: .999 fine silver

Weight: 62.2 grams

Diameter: 50 mm

Quality: Proof

Mintage: 888

Certificate of Authenticity

Presentation Case

Fiji Dragon Pearl Lunar Silver Coin
Fiji Dragon Pearl Lunar Silver Coin

2012 Fiji Dragon Pearl Lunar Silver Coin

The distinguished design depicts 2 gold plated Chinese dragons playing with a white pearl of wisdom. The neat thing about this coin is that it is actually a real pearl they are chasing. "Two Dragons playing Pearl" has evolved to become a regular decoration at festive occasions. As well, this design is regularly used in Chinese drawings and artwork.

COIN SPECIFICATIONS

Nominal value: 1 FJD

Metal: 99.9% Silver

Quality: Proof

Diameter: 40 mm

Weight: 31,1 g

Mintage: 8 888

Presentation box

COA

Fiji 2012 Mother of Pearl Silver 5 Oz Proof
Fiji 2012 Mother of Pearl Silver 5 Oz Proof

Fiji 2012 Mother of Pearl Silver 5 Oz Proof

Prestige, dominance, and admiration are underpinned by this over-sized year of the dragon legal tender release. Each 5 oz coin features an inner core of genuine, breath taking Mother of Pearl! A truly special keep sake, this eyecatching commemorative is the first of its kind Lunar silver Proof with a real Mother of Pearl inner core.

Specifications:

Country: Fiji

Legal Tender: 50 dollars

Composition: .999 Fine Silver

Weight: 155,5 g

Diameter: 65 mm

Quality: Proof

Mintage: 888

Presentation Case

COA

...and the video of the Fiji 2012 $50 Lunar Dragon Mother Of Pearl 5oz Silver Coin

Here is a nicely done overview of the distinguished Fiji 2012 $50 Lunar Dragon Mother Of Pearl 5oz Silver Coin from all angles.

2012 Chinese Silver Dragon Coin
2012 Chinese Silver Dragon Coin

2012 Chinese Silver Dragon Proof

The design cleverly depicts a dragon in the foreground against a close up of a dragon in the background. The 10 yuan symbol announces the legal tender status of the release. The coin comes with a distinguished outer box, wooden inner presentation case and COA.

Specifications:

Metal:Silver

Legal Tender:10 Yuan

Quality:Proof

Purity:.999

Weight: 31.1 grams

Diameter:40 MM

Mintage:200,000

China 2012 Year of the Dragon 1 oz Silver Flower
China 2012 Year of the Dragon 1 oz Silver Flower

China 2012 Year of the Dragon 1 oz Silver Flower

A sensational rendering of a modern Chinese dragon in in the shape of a flower blossom. The Chinese character for "Dragon" and the 10 yuan mark round out this beautiful offering.

Specifications:

Metal:Silver

Legal Tender:10 Yuan

Quality:Proof

Purity:.999

Weight: 31.1 grams

Mintage: 60,000

2012 Dragon Scallop Silver Proof Coin

Video Overview of the 2012 Scalloped (Flower) Chinese Dragon including mint packaging.

China 1 ounce coloured proof NGC MS70
China 1 ounce coloured proof NGC MS70

2012 Chinese 1 ounce colored proof silver coin

A red dragon with colorful highlights punctuates this proof coin. 10 yuan is stamped to indicate the legal tender status. The coin is struck in 99.9% pure silver with a mintage of 200,000 coins. To the right is a perfect NGC MS70 example of the issue.

Specifications:

Metal:Silver

Legal Tender:10 Yuan

Quality:Proof

Purity:.999

Weight: 31.1 grams

Mintage: 200,000

Certificate of Authenticity

Presentation Case

2012 Singapore Silver Dragon Coin - 5 Troy Ounces of .999 Fine Silver

2012 Singapore Silver Dragon Coin
2012 Singapore Silver Dragon Coin

Perth Mint 2012 Dragon 1 oz Silver Rectangle - 4-Coin Set

Perth Mint 2012 Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Rectangle 4-Coin Set
Perth Mint 2012 Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Rectangle 4-Coin Set

The Cook Islands 2012 Dragon 1oz Silver Proof Lunar Rectangle Coins each feature a different colored dragon chasing a traditional 'pearl of wisdom' against a backdrop of waves and clouds. The Chinese character for 'dragon' and Perth Mint P mintmark is also inscribed,

Specifications x 4

Weight - 31.135 grams

Legal Tender - 1 Cook Islands Dollar

Fineness - 99.9%

Size - 47.60 x 27.60 mm

Maximum Thickness - 4 mm

Presentation Case

COA

France 2012 Dragon Silver Proof
France 2012 Dragon Silver Proof

France 2012 Dragon Silver Proof

A beautifully displayed mythical Chinese dragon with a unique French flair. It is surrounded by a highly detailed oriental border. The inscription in French and Chinese translate as "Year of the Dragon - 2012".

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 10 Euro

Weight 22.2 g

Diameter: 37.00 mm

Mintage: 10,000

Quality: Proof

Purity: 900 Fine Silver

Certificate of Authenticity

Presentation Case

Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Lunar Zodiac 1/2 Ounce Silver Coin
Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Lunar Zodiac 1/2 Ounce Silver Coin

Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Lunar Zodiac 1/2 Ounce Silver Coin

A single year rampaging dragon in clouds of good fortune. The Royal Canadian Mint issued this commemorative coin in a .9999 fineness. They are the only mint to refine and issue coins in that purity.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 10 Dollars

Weight: 15.87 g

Diameter: 34 mm

Mintage: 588,888

Composition .9999 Fine Silver

Individually number COA

Presentation Envelope

Year of the Dragon - Canada 1/2 oz Lunar Silver Coin - Video View

Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof
Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof

Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof

The dragon is the third issue in Canada's Lunar series! . Struck in the Canadian mints signature 99.99% pure silver, the stylish Proof displays the playfully rampaging dragon, along with the Chinese character for dragon. The legal tender status of 15 dollars and Canada 2012 are inscribed around the edge. Each coin comes encapsulated in an air tight and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint case with COA. Mintage is limited to a meager 48,888.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 15 Dollars

Weight: 31.39 g

Diameter: 38.00 mm

Mintage Limit: 48,888

Finish: Proof

Composition: .9999 Fine Silver

Presentation Case

Certificate of Authenticity

Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $15 Lotus Shaped Pure Silver Proof L5
Canada 2012 Year of the Dragon Chinese Lunar Zodiac $15 Lotus Shaped Pure Silver Proof L5

Canada 2012 Dragon Lotus Shaped Silver Proof

The third release in the exceptional lotus-shaped coin series is the 2012 $15 Dragon Silver Proof. This mesmerizing issue celebrates the Year of the Dragon as only Royal Canadian craftsmanship can . Struck in Proof quality from .9999 fine silver, each coin is housed in Royal Canadian Mint presentation case with accompanying COA.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 15 Dollars

Weight: 26.70 grams

Diameter: 38.00 mm

Mintage: 48,888

Finish: Proof

Composition: .9999 Fine Silver

Certificate of Authenticity

Royal Australian Mint 2012 $1 Year Of The Dragon 1oz Silver Proof
Royal Australian Mint 2012 $1 Year Of The Dragon 1oz Silver Proof

Royal Australian Mint 2012 $1 Year Of The Dragon 1oz Silver Proof

A custom designed Year of the Dragon commemorative for a corporate order in China. This captivating official Australian legal tender issue release features the distinctive dragon design inspired by China's historic Dragon Dollar! Struck to flawless Royal Australian Mint quality in 99.9% fine silver. This coin was also released in 5 ounce and Kilo versions.

Specifications:

Metal:Silver

Legal Tender: 1 AUD

Quality:Proof

Purity:.999

Weight: 31.1 grams

Mintage: 50,000

Certificate of Authenticity

Laos 2012 Dragon Jade 2oz Silver Proof
Laos 2012 Dragon Jade 2oz Silver Proof

Laos 2012 Dragon Jade 2oz Silver Proof

A tantalizing example of numismatic craftsmanship, the reverse of this silver numismatic gem displays a gold-plated profile of a dragon encircled by a ring of Burmese Jade - certified by the Gem Appraisal Center of Peking University in Beijing. The Jade is outlined by two traditional Chinese dragons, this issue is prominently housed within a red presentation case with Certificate of Authenticity verifying the limited mintage of 2,888 coins.

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 2000 Kip

Metal: Silver

Finish: Proof

Purity: .999

Diameter: 55.00mm

Weight: 62.20g

Mintage: 2,888

2012 1000 Francs Benin 1 Oz Silver Dragon

2012 000 Francs Benin 1 Oz Silver Dragon Coin
2012 000 Francs Benin 1 Oz Silver Dragon Coin

Benin introduces its lunar series coins with the Year of the Dragon at a minuscule mintage of 888 pieces. The dragon is the most popular theme in modern numismatics and the extremely limited mintage is sure to make this one a smashing hit. The coin's obverse proudly displays the Republic of Benin Coat of Arms. The mint supplied depiction is above.

Specifications:

Country: Benin

Legal Tender: 1000 Francs

Composition: Silver 999/1000

Weight : 31.1 gr

Diameter: 38.61 mm

Strike: Proof

Mintage: 888

COA

Presentation Box

Niue 2012  Year of the Dragon  Love Silver Coin
Niue 2012 Year of the Dragon Love Silver Coin

Niue 2012 1$ Year of the Dragon - Love Proof Silver Coin

The highly unique release features the two colorful dragons forming a heart pattern against an infinity sky backdrop. The legends present are: "2012" and "YEAR OF THE DRAGON".

Specifications:

Legal Tender: 1 dollar

Composition: .925 Silver

Weight: 28,28 grams

Size: 35.1 x 45.1 mm

Quality: Proof

Mintage: 5,000

COA

Australian Perth Mint Dragons of Legend Silver Coins
Australian Perth Mint Dragons of Legend Silver Coins

Australian Perth Mint Dragons of Legend Silver Coins

The year of the dragon has inspired the release of a colored coin series highlighting 5 mythical dragons from around the globe by the Perth Mint in Australia. The five dragons to be featured are the Red Welsh Dragon, Chinese Dragon, Saint George Dragon, Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon and the European Green Dragon. If you are interested in this series click on the dragon in the right as I have a lens dedicated exclusively to this series.

2012 World Silver Dragon Photo Gallery

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2012 Singapore 5 ounce Silver DragonRolls of Australian Lunar Silver Dragons2012 Chinese Silver Dragon Proof2012 Silver Dragon Kilo Gemstone Eyes2012 ANDA Brisbane Silver Dragon Special Release2012 SOMALILAND 1000 SHILLINGS DRAGON 1 OZ SILVER COIN2012 Royal Australian Mint 1 Oz. Silver Proof2012 1/2 oz Silver Nieu $2 Pearl DragonLiberia 2000 Silver Proof Dragon
2012 Singapore 5 ounce Silver Dragon
2012 Singapore 5 ounce Silver Dragon
Rolls of Australian Lunar Silver Dragons
Rolls of Australian Lunar Silver Dragons
2012 Chinese Silver Dragon Proof
2012 Chinese Silver Dragon Proof
2012 Silver Dragon Kilo Gemstone Eyes
2012 Silver Dragon Kilo Gemstone Eyes
2012 ANDA Brisbane Silver Dragon Special Release
2012 ANDA Brisbane Silver Dragon Special Release
2012 SOMALILAND 1000 SHILLINGS DRAGON 1 OZ SILVER COIN
2012 SOMALILAND 1000 SHILLINGS DRAGON 1 OZ SILVER COIN
2012 Royal Australian Mint 1 Oz. Silver Proof
2012 Royal Australian Mint 1 Oz. Silver Proof
2012 1/2 oz Silver Nieu $2 Pearl Dragon
2012 1/2 oz Silver Nieu $2 Pearl Dragon
Liberia 2000 Silver Proof Dragon
Liberia 2000 Silver Proof Dragon

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    • jrcannon profile image

      jrcannon 5 years ago

      Yes, the silver dragon is a beautiful coin.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That is lots of dragons. Yowsa!

    • justDawn1 profile image

      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Love dragons! :)