Posted on May 31, 2019
The Perth Mint is well known for its annual silver and gold coin programs, such as the Silver Kookaburra and Gold Kangaroo. While these designs are held in high regard by investors and collectors, Perth also excels in the production of other gold and silver bullion coin programs. One of the most popular releases of late is the Dragon and Tiger design. It is found on both Perth Mint proof coins and silver bullion specimens with 2018 and 2019 date marks. The most recent of these releases is the Proof Silver Dragon and Tiger Coin.
The 2019 1 oz Proof Australian Dragon and Tiger Silver Coin is the latest release in this design series and follows the 2018 1 oz silver bullion and 2019 1 oz gold bullion versions of the coin. On the reverse side, you’ll find a tiger and dragon circling around the outer edge of the design field. The tiger is depicted on the left as it prowls around the flaming pearl in the center, while the dragon is depicted on the right slithering along. Both creatures have their eyes fixated on the pearl. The background includes a stylized representation of clouds and there is a “P” mint mark from the Perth Mint included.
On the obverse side of the 2019 Proof Australian Dragon and Tiger Silver Coin is the newest effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is featured here in right-profile relief in a design from Jody Clark, the man whose fifth-generation portrait of the Queen debuted on the Royal Mint of England’s coinage starting in 2016. This is the sixth effigy of Her Majesty on Australian coins and is the first since 1966 to include her shoulders and neckline in the portrait.
Each 2019 1 oz Proof Australian Dragon and Tiger Silver Coin is available with 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and a limited mintage of just 2,500 coins in total. The coins are housed inside of a display case courtesy of the Perth Mint that includes a Dragon-and-Tiger themed shipper and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The dragon is the most important mythical beast in Chinese culture, but there are other creatures that hold a special place in Chinese society. The dragon and tiger were chosen for this design because of the manner in which they counter one another in artwork. Dragons are considered divine creatures that embody power, wealth, and good fortune. You’ll often find the dragon included in artwork as it pursues a flaming pearl, which is viewed as a metaphor for wisdom and enlightenment.
Tigers are also considered lucky animals in Chinese culture. The pattern of the fur on a tiger’s head is close in appearance to the Chinese character for “king,” and as such the beast has become a symbol of courage and power. Taken together in feng shui, the dragon and tiger are viewed as a perfect match for each other. In traditional accounts of Chinese philosophy, the two deliver a sense of natural balance and interdependence. The tiger represents the “yin,” or female energy, while the dragon is “yang,” or male energy.
The Perth Mint debuted its Dragon and Tiger design on a 2018 silver coin that featured a mintage of 50,000 coins in total. The design was next used on a 2019 gold coin that had a much lower mintage figure of just 5,000 coins in all.
The 2019 Proof Australian Dragon and Tiger Silver Coin is currently available for purchase online at JM Bullion. If you have any questions about this product, please feel free to call us at 800-276-6508. You can also connect with us online through our live chat and email address. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for regular updates on products and a chance to win precious metals in our spot-price contests. Our blog is also updated every Friday to feature a new product in our lineup.