From March 3 to March 4, 2012, the Australian Numismatic Dealer’s Association (ANDA) Show was held in Perth. In conjunction with the show, the Perth Mint offered a 2 oz. Colored Silver Year of the Dragon Coin. The special coin show release was limited to 1,000 and offered at the show for $172.00.
There were some earlier rumblings that a small number of the ANDA Dragon coins would be available for sale on the Perth Mint’s website, however this did not take place. The Perth Mint Blog reported frantic demand at the show, with collectors lining up outside from 7:30 AM and inside the venu lines stretching from the entry door to the Perth Mint booth.
Under vociferous pressure from several buyers, we had little choice but to make all remaining coins available to buyers on Sunday. Sincere apologies to anyone hoping to be able to purchase this coin on the website today – we have none available as a result of the extreme level of interest at the weekend.
Last year, it appears that the Perth Mint was able to offer at least some quantity of ANDA 2 oz. Colored Silver Rabbit Coins via their website. Of course, the demand for Dragons has been significantly higher than for previous releases within the Lunar series.
The Perth Mint did make available for website sales, the other special 2012 Perth ANDA coin show release. This is the Celebrate Australia Shark Bay Coin.
The proof coin is struck in one ounce 99.9% pure silver with a reverse design featuring a dugong, one of the inhabitants of Shark Bay’s sun warmed waters. No more than 2,500 of the ANDA Perth Coin Show Specials will be released. The coins will come in an illustrated shipped with the 2012 ANDA logo and will be accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
This issue doesn’t carry nearly the excitement of the ANDA Dragon coins.
Several other past coin show specials from the Celebrate Australia series remain available on the website, it seems going back to 2010.