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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Jewelled Dragon 10oz Gold Proof Coin

Jeweled Dragon - Perth Mint - 10 Ounce Gold Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to present The Jewelled Dragon, an exceptional collectable showcasing rare and spectacular treasures from two Western Australian icons – Argyle Pink Diamonds and The Perth Mint.

Struck from 10oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the extremely limited edition is surmounted by a three-dimensional representation of China’s most auspicious mythical creature handcrafted in 18-carat rose gold. The dragon’s body is hand set with 117 exquisite Argyle pink diamonds with an additional emerald from Colombia’s legendary Muzo Mines, as its eye.

Chinese dragons are traditionally shown having 117 scales, 81 with yang and 36 of yin essence. The individual numbers in 117, 81 and 36 each add up to nine, an auspicious number in Chinese culture because it has the same pronunciation as the word for ‘everlasting’. The number’s historical association with dragons is often seen expressed in classical Chinese arts and architecture.

Each coin is issued as Australian legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.

The Perth Mint will release only nine of these rare and collectable coins on a mint-to-order basis.


The reverse of each coin features an 18-carat rose gold dragon, hand set with 117 Argyle Pink Diamonds and an emerald for the dragon’s eye.

The dragon is depicted chasing a pearl, which is a metaphor for wisdom and enlightenment. Water is represented in the design because dragons were believed to control rainfall, reflected in the fact that popular dragon dances performed during Chinese New Year festivities originated as a way of summoning more rain for farmers.

The coin’s reverse also includes the inscriptions ‘THE JEWELLED DRAGON’, the Chinese character for dragon, and The Perth Mint’s historical ‘P’ mintmark.

The Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the weight and purity, and the monetary denomination are shown on each coin’s obverse.


The Jewelled Dragon is presented in prestigious packaging including a hardy carry case which opens to reveal a magnificent luxury display case, in which the coin is housed.

The coin sits within a perspex panel that rotates 360 degrees and is illuminated by a row of lights to maximise the effect of the glittering diamonds.

The doors of the display case feature two 18-carat gold plates with an Argyle pink diamond on each side. The case also features an individually numbered 18-carat gold plaque, which corresponds to the Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin Specifications:

Country:  Australia
Year Of Issue:  2019
Denomination:  1 Dollar (AUD)
Mint Mark:  P
Mintage:  9
Alloy:  .9999 Gold
Weight:  323.566 g
Diameter:  60.60 mm
Thickness:  16.00 mm
OBV Designer Jody Clark
REV Designer Ing Ing Jong
Quality: Proof


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Perth Mint
Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest and most highly accredited precious metals enterprise. Through its integrated operations and trusted products and services, it develops markets and creates demand for Australian precious metals the world over. Operating the largest refinery and the only facility in Australia accredited for gold and silver by the London Bullion Market Association, the Mint holds endorsements by commodity trading centres in London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Dubai. The Perth Mint exports in excess of USD14 billion worth of bullion bars and coins to institutional and private investors in more than 130 countries each year and issues an array of legal tender commemoratives for collectors. Offering the world’s only government guaranteed precious metals investment and storage program, the Mint also manages approximately USD3 billion worth of metal held on behalf of some 40,000 clients. Still operating in its original premises, founded in 1899, The Perth Mint is also a premier tourist destination and home to the Guinness Book of Records certified largest coin in the world – the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, worth more than USD 40 million.

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