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2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern 1 oz Gold Proof Medal NGC GEM Proof

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Why purchase this Charles Barber Dragon Pattern 2018 Smithsonian 1 oz. Gold Proof Medal?

This proof medal features the artistry of U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber, replicating a dragon design intended for use by the Chinese Province of Szechuan in 1896. Flooding at the Chinese Mint destroyed Barber's dies, and the coins were never produced. Based upon Barber's original Dragon patterns held in the Smithsonian Institution's numismatic collection, this 2018 commemorative proof medal was struck from 1 Troy oz. of .999 fine gold at the Shanghai Mint. Mintage is limited to just 250 medallions.

Stunning Snake-Like Dragon Design

Featured on the obverse is an Asian styled forward facing dragon, its heavily scaled body curling around its fierce head. "SZECHUEN PROVINCE" curves above, with the Smithsonian logo below, between the inscriptions "ONE OUNCE" and "AU .999."

Multiple sized Chinese characters are inscribed on the reverse, which translate as the date of issue, province, weight, content and fineness.

GEM Proof with Ultra Cameo Strike and Smithsonian Label

This 2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern 1 oz. Gold Proof Medal was submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) for review. The gorgeous medal was determined to be in nearly perfect GEM Proof condition, featuring a sharp strike with exquisite frosted design elements and mirrored backgrounds. The medallion is presented in a NGC protective holder which includes an attractive certification label bearing the sun logo of the Smithsonian Institution.

This GEM Proof Gold 2018 Charles Barber Dragon Pattern medallion will make an outstanding addition to your collection!


Year of Issue:2018
Mint:Shanghai Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:GEM Proof
Designation:UC
Finish:Proof
Composition:Gold
Purity:0.999
Display Weight:1 oz
Weight in Grams:31.1035 g
Weight in Ounces:1 oz
Edge Type:Plain
Country:United States
Mintage:250
Obverse Design:Barber's Dragon Pattern