Popular in Chinese mythology and culture, the dragon is known as the official symbol of the Peoples Republic of China. First associated with early emperors who claimed a connection to the dragon as a symbol of their power, today the dragon is a sign of good luck in broader Chinese society. Provident Metals offers you the 2018 Australian Rectangular Dragon 1 oz Gold Coin for purchase online today.
The dragon is associated with many things in Chinese mythology and culture. Ancient Chinese people believed that dragons had control over the weather, including the winds and rain. It is believed that Chinas four great rivers were formed by dragons who had delivered rain to the peoples crops but were trapped under mountains by Jade Emperor for disobeying his order not to deliver the rains.
Queen Elizabeth II is depicted in right-profile relief on the obverse side of 2018 Australian Rectangular Dragon 1 oz Gold Coins. These 1 oz gold coins have the Ian Rank-Broadley design of Her Majesty. This portrait is the fifth to feature on Australian coins and depicts the Queen wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. Reported to be her favorite tiara, this was purchased from the Crown Jewelers Garrard in 1893 as a wedding gift for Mary of Teck, the future Queen Mary.
One of the most common artistic depictions of the dragon features on the reverse of 2018 Australian Rectangular Dragon Gold Coins. Here, the dragon slithers up the length of the gold coin with a flaming pearl in its sights. The background features stylized emblems of wind and clouds, a connection to the dragons power over those elements.
The 2018 Australian Rectangular Dragon 1 oz Gold Coin marked the first-ever release of a bullion coin with a rectangular shape. The Perth Mint issued the gold coins alongside a silver coin with the same design and rectangular shape.
2018 Australian Rectangular Dragon 1 oz Gold Coins are available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and come with an individual protective plastic capsule from the Perth Mint. Founded in 1899, the Perth Mint is the oldest operating facility in Australia and predates the federation movement that led to independence.
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