2000 Year of the Dragon Gold Coin

2000 Year of the Dragon Gold Coin

One of the most popular issues of the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Gold Coin series occurs for the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is the only mythological creature within the Chinese zodiac and has a rich mythology which lends to popularity with coin collector, precious metals investors, and the general public. To coincide with this release, the Perth Mint expanded the range of bullion products available to include larger sizes.

The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of the traditional Chinese dragon surrounded by wisps of fire and near the pearl of wisdom. The Chinese character for dragon appears to one side with the “2000” date to the other. The precious metal weight and purity appear below. The obverse of the coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the legal tender denomination.

Those born within the date range of February 5, 2000 to January 23, 2001 are said to have been born in the Year of the Dragon. These people are believed to have the characteristics of vitality, strength, and determination. The dragon itself has been used as a symbol of wealth and power and is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity.

The 2000 Year of the Dragon Gold Coins included bullion weights ranging from a massive one kilogram to a diminutive one-twentieth ounce. The popular one ounce size reached its maximum mintage of 30,000 pieces, the first time this occurred within the series. Numismatic offerings included three separate products with proof versions of the coin.

Bullion Mintages

Denomination Weight Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
$3,000 1 kg Unlimited 227
$1,000 10 oz Unlimited 214
$200 2 oz Unlimited 2,342
$100 1 oz 30,000 30,000
$25 1/4 oz 60,000 20,148
$15 1/10 oz 80,000 23,706
$5 1/20 oz 100,000 29,325

Numismatic Mintages

Product Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
Three Coin Set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) 3,000 2,886
Individual 1/4 oz Proof Coin 5,000 2,008
Individual 1/10 oz Proof Coin 5,000 3,841