2013 Australia 5 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU

2013 Australia 5 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU

The 2013 Silver Lunar Year of the Snake coin features a snake curled around a tree branch. The Chinese character for ‘Snake’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Snake’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. In plastic capsule.

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, graceful, independent, analytical and charming.

The Silver Mint Perth Lunar Series II is one of the most widely sought after collections in production today. The collection is a beautiful tribute to the Chinese Lunar Calendar and was introduced in 2008, following the popularity of the first Silver series release in 1999, and will end in 2019. The coins come in sizes of 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1/2 kilo and 1 kilo and all contain .999 fine Silver.

The Silver Perth Lunar Series II features a different animal every year, starting with the mouse coin in 2008 followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The obverse features the profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as captured by Raphael Maklouf. Although the Gold Perth Lunar Series II has also been released each year since 2008, the Gold and Silver editions feature differing designs.

The Lunar Series is based on the ancient 12-year Chinese lunar calendar, which dates back to 2,600 B.C. The Lunar Calendar is steeped in tradition and symbolism. Based on the appearance of the moon, the Lunar Calendar associates a different animal with each year in the 12-year cycle. These animals are said to have a profound influence on the personalities of people born under their rule.

Established in 1899, the Perth Mint predates the federation of Australia by two years. The mint was initially established for two reasons: to refine the vast amounts of Gold flooding in from various areas of Western Australia and to produce Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns to be used throughout Great Britain. Although Australia became an independent nation in 1901, the Perth Mint remained under the authority of the British crown until 1970. Following a 1987 State Act of Parliament, Gold Corporation, a company entirely owned by the Government of Western Australia, was established and mandated to operate the Perth Mint to market their Gold, Silver and Platinum Australian coins overseas.

The Perth Mint is also known for its outstanding quality and industry-leading creations. In 1957, the mint produced a 13 oz proof “plate” of .999999 fine Gold, the highest purity ever achieved. In 2011, they created the world’s largest, heaviest and most valuable Gold coin, containing .9999 fine Gold and weighing 2,231 pounds, that was worth $53.5 million (AUD) at the time of minting.
Customer Reviews of 2013 Australia 5 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU
2013 Australia 5 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU
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Great 5 oz Lunar Snake

By  EK

from Takoma Park, MD

5.0

More than agree with other comments here.

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

nice big coin

By  silverbug

from west palm beach florida

5.0

nice large coin looks great in your hand

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design

Great Looking Silver Coin

By  Shelleyme55

from Los Angeles, Ca

5.0

This 2013 5 oz Silver Australian Lunar Year of the Snake, is one of the Best buys I have purchased. and one of the best looking Silver out their.

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Recognized Brand

Beautiful piece! THANK YOU!

By  ChrisK

from Florida

5.0

Bought in July 2013 - it is absolutely gorgeous - it's great to have a one-stop shop to purchase items!

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

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from ON

5.0

I got this 2013 5 oz Silver Australian Lunar Year of the Snake & the 2012 Dragon today. They are ones of the nice coins in my collection. I will be collecting all 12 of these coins. Looking forward to the 2014 year of the Horse 5oz.

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from CA

5.0

The five ounce silver snake is awesome. My first five ounce coin from the Lunar Series, and I think I will continue collecting the other five ounce coins from the rest of the series.

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