2013 Australia 1 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU (Colorized)

2013 Australia 1 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU (Colorized)

The special colorization process used on this Silver coin creates a beautiful way to celebrate 2013 as the Year of the Snake! This unique 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 likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse.

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. This Silver coin is in its original plastic capsule from the Perth Mint.

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 1 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU (Colorized)
2013 Australia 1 oz Silver Year of the Snake BU (Colorized)
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very nice!

By  mark

from utica, michigan

5.0

beautiful coin and under priced right now since it's a perth mint lunar coin with a max mintage of just 50,000. compare that with the one ounce bullion that has a mintage of 300,000 and double the price. this one is going to jump in value once the final mintage is published.

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Max Mintage Of 50000
  • Recognized Brand
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)

very satisfied

By  leo

from El Paso, TX

5.0

Ive been doing business with APMEX for years, I have no complaints, look forward to many more years.

Pros

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

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from NJ

5.0

This is the first colorized coin that I purchased, and it is beautiful. I was amazed by the detail in the coloring...looks like a piece of art. Would recommend this coin to those who may be interested in colorized silver coinage at a reasonable price. It is quite impressive. Great service from APMEX, as usual.

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from NJ

5.0

The colorization on this beautiful coin makes it very distinctive and different. It is well-priced considering it is a colorized coin with attractive workmanship.

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