MK continue their journey along the path of 9 Dragons with the launch of the third in the series to date. Last month saw the debut of the collection, starting with the Winged Dragon, and the Scaled Dragon. The third of the nine issues is the Black Dragon, and it comes in all the same wide range of limited variants as the previous pair.
Each of the four variants are struck in five-ounces of fine silver, and have a mintage capped at just 50 pieces, so a total of just 200 of the base design – i.e. the Black Dragon. The range consists of a clean silver finish, an antiqued finish, a gilded finish, and one done in obsidian black. Each coin is presented in a small tin, and all nine will go in a big metal case that also includes a glow-in-the-dark orb. This comes with the ninth gilded dragon release. You can build up a set with a specific finish, or mix and match as you see fit.
The Black Dragon has a style that clearly fits with the first two. The reverse face features one of the legendary beasts snaking its way across an Asian townscape. The dragon style is very Chinese, never to be confused with the more brutal European style, and it makes a figure-8, a lucky number in Chinese culture. The obverse also features a dragon in flight, passing over a village of reverential people, grateful for the protection offered by the Black Dragon, as it’s also known as a Guardian Spirit.
The design is replete with high-relief on both faces, and the dragon has a dynamic pose on both of them. An attractive coin, very much in the East Asian style, it’s a fine addition to the first pair, and keeps us in anticipation of the next six designs in the collection. Available to order now. We’ve added MK to our Where to Buy page to make tracking them down easier.