The Asian-style dragon wrapped around the column is very three-dimensional. A Chinese lantern border circumnavigates most of the coin and the background is filled with clouds and waves of a style similar to that of the Japanese artist, Hokusai, famous for his work “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. The whole thing is very stylish.
The obverse face continues the Mint of Poland’s trend of taking the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, as required by the issuing state Niue Island, and making it part of a larger custom design. For this dragon coin, a wide border area features a high-relief background pattern, upon which are placed five dragon silhouettes, each in two styles. This would suggest a series of five coins featuring differing types of dragon from around the world.
The coin will come packaged in a wooden box, no doubt inside a themed shipper sleeve, and with a certificate of authenticity. The mintage is again kept down to just 500 pieces and we’d not be surprised to see this one sell out quite quickly. It should be available to pre-order shortly, with shipping commencing in January.