The 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Coin Gilded Edition is once again available for ordering on the Perth Mint’s website. This coin originally went on sale October 4, 2011, along with colored versions, the gemstone edition, and the Typeset collection.
The gilded edition is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features the Dragon design gilded in 24 karat gold. The coins have a limited mintage of 50,000. The product page is here.
At some point after the initial offering, the product was listed as “Unavailable” on the Perth Mint’s website. Today, they announced that the coins had been “re-stocked” on the website.
Personally, I find the gilded edition to the most visually appealing version. The selectively applied gold provides a nice accent to the design that is a bit more subtle and traditional than the colorized versions.
The Perth Mint has offered gilded versions of the Lunar coins for longer than the colored versions. Here is the look at the gilded edition of the 2000 Year of the Dragon Silver Coin from the Lunar Series I.
For those new to the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series, a different animal is featured for each year of the Chinese lunar calendar. The Lunar Series I ran from 1999 to 2010, and the Lunar Series II began in 2008. The upcoming designs should include the Snake (2013), Horse (2014), Goat (2015), Monkey (2016), Rooster (2017), Dog (2018), and Pig (2019).
Each year, the Perth Mint produces gold and silver bullion coins for the Lunar Series. These are distributed through bullion channels, with some sizes carrying limited mintages. Also offered are a wide array of collector products with limited mintages. These include proofs, gilded coins, gemstone editions, colored versions, as well as other sets and collections.
Due to the popularity of the Year of the Dragon, many of this year’s products have sold out quickly. Right now, the only collector coins available on the Perth Mint’s website are the gilded edition silver coin noted above, the 1 kilogram silver gemstone edition, and the gold proof coins, in colored or standard version.