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Year of the Dragon Gold Plated Medallion - Medal

Medal
GBP £66.50
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Technical details
  • 06.12.2023
  • Ying-Min Chu, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Sunshine Mint International Ltd
  • 1oz
  • 40mm
About Year of the Dragon Gold Plated Medallion

Chinese New Year is always a joyous event ‒ a riotous blend of colour, sound, and spectacle. In the home, you might be sharing food with your extended family, a red envelope clutched in your hand while jasmine tea scents the air.

You might be twining together lanterns, their traditional red-and-gold adornments bringing prosperity to the time ahead. Or you might be attending a street parade, experiencing the Chinese food, music, performance and culture of your local area. Public celebrations of Chinese New Year are popular in many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s major cities, with people of different ages and ethnicities participating in Chinese culture.

Minted from 0.999 silver and finished with selective red ink and gold plating, this medallion features a striking illustration of a Chinese dragon. The Year of the Dragon is a particularly fortuitous one. Those who are born under this zodiac sign are said to be charismatic, powerful, and naturally lucky. It’s said that their disposition naturally draws them towards leadership, and thus enjoy success, wealth, and prosperity. These are often seen as ideal traits in Chinese culture, with many people favouring the year of the dragon for making important life decisions. In fact, there is often a baby boom amongst Chinese populations during Dragon years, with families hoping that their ‘dragon babies’ will enjoy their innate luck.

The obverse of the medallion features the country of origin and metal quantity, and artwork created by New Zealand artist Dave Burke especially for NZ Post’s precious-metal medallions.