It was in March last year that the Perth Mint launched its Welcome Stranger golden nugget bullion coin. Not our favourite of 2019 if we’re perfectly honest, as an amorphous blob of metal isn’t the most aesthetic subject for a coin, but nevertheless, this huge golden mass is back on another coin, although this time from the Royal Australian Mint, and in proof form.
The RAM has decided to embellish the nugget with a mix of surrounding elements to liven up the staid looking subject. A large Chinese dancing dragon appeared in Bendigo, Victoria during the Gold Rush, and it was called Gum Loong. A similar dragon, supposedly the longest imperial dragon in the world still performs in Bendigo today. The coin designer has chosen to represent the ‘beast’ through its stylised movements rather than as an more obvious depiction.
We think it’s a better looking effort than the Perth Mint issue, but still, we can’t help thinking that nuggets just aren’t great subjects for coins, despite the obvious connection. Two variants o offer. A partially gilded silver coin ($70.00 AUD) weighs in at a third of an ounce, while a tenth of an ounce of unadorned gold ($300.00 AUD) completes the precious metal selection.
A base metal set of four, each carrying a different mintmark (Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney), is also available at a considerably cheaper price ($27.50 AUD). All are available to order now.