Coin "Year of the Dragon"

Год Дракона

Name Year of the Dragon
Presented by MDM Muenzhandelsgesellschaft (Germany)
Nominal value 2000 kip (Laos)
Metal Silver 999°
Thickness 1,5
Mintage 2888
Production quality Proof, selective gold plating, a ring made of real Burmese Jade engraved with Chinese inscriptions
Description of obverse and reverse Obverse: The coat of arms of Laos and the face value. Reverse: The coin pictures a 24-Karat gold plated dragon framed by a ring made of real Burmese Jade engraved with Chinese inscription meaning “Good Luck in the Year of the Dragon”. The outer edge of the silver coin is ornate with two traditional Chinese dragons and golden Chinese word from the traditional Chinese chronology, which means “2012”, and the year date.
A brief annotation The dragon is considered to be a very strong Chinese Lunar Year symbol. Historically, it always represented the Chinese emperor and therefore stands for power and protection. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring great good luck to everyone! Jade is an ornamental stone. The term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals: Nephrite consists of a microcrystaline interlocking fibrous matrix of the calcium, magnesium-iron rich amphibole mineral series tremolite (calcium-magnesium)-ferroactinolite (calcium-magnesium-iron). The middle member of this series with an intermediate composition is called actinolite (the silky fibrous mineral form is one form of asbestos). The higher the iron content the greener the colour. Jadeite is a sodium- and aluminium-rich pyroxene. The gem form of the mineral is a microcrystaline interlocking crystal matrix.
Designer Michael Schulze
Producer B.H. Mayer’s Kunstpraegeanstalt (Germany)

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