Silver Five Ounces 2018 Dragon, Coin from Tuvalu - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2018 Dragon, Coin from Tuvalu
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2018 Dragon

The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.

The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the silver five-ounce format (abbreviated as 5 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.

The Mint says about this coin:
The dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a symbol of power, strength, wealth, and good fortune and it is often portrayed chasing a luminous or flaming pearl. From an artistic perspective, dragons are frequently depicted in pursuit of the flaming pearl, which is represented swirling through mist, smoke and shadows.

This unique 5oz silver coin features the mythical dragon and has been individually "antiqued" to give it a unique finish. The reverse of the coin features a dragon chasing a flaming pearl inscribed with the Chinese character for "dragon".

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2018 Dragon - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2018 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS.

The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: five troy ounces of 99.99% silver.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2018 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS
Reverse
Tuvalu / Silver Five Ounces 2018 Dragon - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a dragon chasing a flaming pearl (symbolising wisdom and enlightenment), inscribed with - the Chinese character for dragon.

The designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong) are below left, on the dragon's foot. There is no mint mark.

Reverse Inscription
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver Content (Troy oz): 5.000
Finish: antique.
Packaging: in presentation case and illustrated shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18E41AAA
Issue price: AU$ 499.00, US$ 357.35

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Silver Five Ounces 2018 Dragon: Details
CountryTuvalu
CurrencyTuvaluan Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerIng Ing Jong
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size55.500 mm
Thickness8.000 mm
Mass155.533 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-DXWD-OLMD
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