Newly released for collectors is the 2012 St. George and the Dragon coin, the third issue launched by the Perth Mint of Australia within the Dragons of Legend series.
Struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver to a proof finish, the coin is limited to a mintage of 5,000.
While the obverse is a traditional design of Rank-Broadley effigy’s of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the reverse is action packed. The scene depicts St. George as he is about to slay a dragon. The pair are in color, which contrasts against an ancient landscape seen in the background.
Encircling the battle are the inscriptions DRAGON OF LEGEND, 1 OZ 999 SILVER, ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON and the coin’s denomination of $1.
Obverse inscriptions include QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 1 DOLLAR, TUVALU and the year 2012.
Specifications for St. George and the Dragon Silver Proof Coin
|Silver Content (Troy oz)||1|
|Face Value (AUD)||$1|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.9|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||31.135|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||40.60|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||4.00|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
The 2012 St. George and the Dragon Coin is available directly from the Perth Mint for AUS $104 — a price that can change based on market conditions for silver. Coin Club of Australia will also donate $1 to UNICEF-Australia for every coin purchased.
Each coin is packaged within an attractive case that is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
See additional Perth Mint products from this site’s guide of Australian coins.
Previous releases within the Dragons of Legend series featured the Red Welsh Dragon and Chinese Dragon. Forthcoming coins will depict Bulgarian Three-Headed Dragon and European Green Dragon.
About the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint (www.perthmint.com.au) is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint when it opened in 1899 (the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint, which are both now closed).