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DRAGON Lunar Year Chinese Zodiac 1 Oz Silver Coin 1000 Francs Benin 2012


The first coin in Benin Lunar serie presents the Year of the Dragon, with mintage of only 888 pieces worldwide. The dragon is considered to be a very strong symbol and these superb proof quality releases are perfect for people born in dragon years who are regarded as confident, enterprising, independent, self-assured, brave and passionate.

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The Dragon
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which begins on January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013. The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal signs. The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. In ancient China, the celestial Dragon represents an emperor and power. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestpial Dragon bring great good luck to everyone.
People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics: Innovative, enterprising, self-assured, brave, passionate, conceited, and quick-tempered. The Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. Restrictions blow out their creative spark that is ready to flame into life. So, they must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colorful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas and extreme ambitions. However, this behavior is natural and isn't meant for show. Because they are confident, fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful.
People born in the Year of the Dragon usually make it to the top. But, they must be aware of that too much enthusiasm can leave them tired and unfulfilled. They find pleasure in helping others, and you can always count on their help. Even though they are willing to assist when necessary, their pride can often impede them from accepting the same kind of help from others. Their generous personalities give them the ability to attract friends, but they can be rather solitary people at heart. Their self-sufficiency can mean that they have no need for close bonds with other people.
Dragon people tend to take thrilling risks, and burn the candle at both ends so they are fortunate to be blessed with good health. However, they can suffer bad health as a result of excess stress. Symtoms of their personalities often stem from emotional outbursts and can range from tension headaches to depression to hypertension. They can remedy these problems by maintaining their cool, implementing a routine in their daily lives, and practice meditation, Tai Chi or Yoga that soothe the mind and spirit as well as tone the body.

  • CountryBenin
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)888
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of coin depicts a particular Chinese dragon in blue and violet colors and precious goldpowder (with 23,5 ct particles) coloration; a long, scaled, serpentine creature with four legs. The Chinese character for ‘dragon’ and the year of issue also appear in the design. The coin’s obverse depicts the Republic of Benin Coat of Arms.