The Perth Mints anticipated Lunar Series III bullion coin series returns with the most popular entry of them all – the dragon

Back with a fifth release on their third journey through the twelve animals in the lunar calendar, the Perth Mint has today launched the much anticipated 2024 Dragon coin in their Lunar Series III range. We’ve covered hundreds of lunar coins in our decade of existence, but the Lunar Series bullion coins from this mint are probably the most popular of all.

The Dragon is very likely the most beloved of all the creatures in the lunar pantheon, and is, ironically, the only one not based on a real creature. This does allow the designers to get a little more adventurous, of course, but designer Ing Ing Jong has had to balance the fantastical nature of the dragon, with the more realistic style of art employed in previous Lunar Series III issues. She’s done a terrific job, and we think these will be popular.

Keep an eye on this article, as on the 14th November, images and information on the two card-mounted coloured versions will be added, These will be one-ounce coins, both silver, but with different colourations. Most notably, one of them will use the gold artwork.


As always with the Perth Mint’s lunar coins, the gold and silver issues feature completely different artwork, although both are the work of veteran mint designer, Ing Ing Jong. There are a couple of common design elements, namely the dragon logo in English and Chinese is the same, and there’s the new P125 privy mark. That celebrates 2024 being the 125th anniversary since the founding of the Perth Mint in 1899. We’d expect this to appear on more issues throughout next year.

The gold variant is the more traditional looking of the pair, with that spindly style of dragon so popular in Chinese mythology. We like the look of it, as it sprints across the coin, with shades of the roadrunner. Despite that, we have a preference for the face-on depiction of the silver issue. It’s a more powerful looking beast, complete with the flaming pearl of lore.

The range is unchanged from previous releases, comprised of seven gold, and five silver at launch, with the humungous 10 kg silver yet to come. As is usual, just the one-ounce silver, and the one-ounce gold, have fixed mintages. Rounding it all out is a solitary platinum version, using the gold coin artwork. As you would expect from the Perth Mint, there’s a wide range of proof variants also released today, and there will be more to come over the next few months.

$0.5 AUD (Australia) 15.55 g of 0.9999 silver 32.6 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$1 AUD (Australia) 31.1 g of 0.9999 silver 40.9 mm Reverse BU 300,000
$2 AUD (Australia) 62.2 g of 0.9999 silver 50.8 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$8 AUD (Australia) 155.5 g of 0.9999 silver 61.0 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$30 AUD (Australia) 1,000 g of 0.9999 silver 100.9 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$5 AUD (Australia) 1.56 g of 0.9999 gold 14.6 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$15 AUD (Australia) 3.11 g of 0.9999 gold 16.6 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$25 AUD (Australia) 7.78 g of 0.9999 gold 20.6 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$50 AUD (Australia) 15.55 g of 0.9999 gold 25.6 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$100 AUD (Australia) 31.1 g of 0.9999 gold 32.6 mm Reverse BU 30,000
$200 AUD (Australia) 62.2 g of 0.9999 gold 40.9 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$1000 AUD (Australia) 311.1 g of 0.9999 gold 61.0 mm Reverse BU Unlimited
$100 AUD (Australia) 31.1 g of 0.9995 platinum 32.6 mm Reverse BU 5,000


These are basically coloured silver versions, not just of the one-ounce silver bullion coin, but also one using the gold design. The gold coin reappears in silver with a coat of red paint, and looking pretty good, while the standard silver coin gets a yellow-gold colouring.

Each coin comes mounted to a card, something regular buyers of Perth Mint coins of this type will be well familiar with, and the two variants carry artwork matching their respective coins. There is a proof version of the yellow variant, which comes boxed with a COA.

$1 AUD (Australia) 31.1 g of 0.9999 silver 40.9 mm B/Unc, colour 5,000