1/2 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Snake 2013 Gold Coin

Australia · Purity: 24 carats · ⌀ 30.6 мм

The 2013 Year of the Snake gold coin is part of the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series II collection.

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  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are money. The Gold Lunar Series was introduced for the first time in 1996 and every gold coin in the series, including the Year of the Snake, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are rare. Issued only twice since the Lunar Series started, in 2001 and 2013, the one-ounce Year of the Snake coin is one of the rarest 24 legal tender gold bullion coins to be issued in the 21st century with a mintage of only 30,000 gold pieces.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the snake are generally perceived to be charming, seductive and irresistible. Coupled with their high mental capabilities, they have the ability to be very convincing.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are great gifts for your loved ones. Give a tribute to the ones you appreciate by marking their virtues and year of birth in pure 24 karat gold, a gift that will stay with them forever.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are made in proof condition. Minted with such high quality, brilliance and rich detail, it becomes hard not to call it “my precious”.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the snake that varies every 12th year, its maximum mintage limit, and its quality, purity and legal tender status mean that the coin has a considerable premium over its melt value in the secondary market.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins are internationally recognised. By being part of the Australian Gold Lunar Series which has been in continuous production for 18 years, and by portraying motifs of the famous Chinese zodiac and the effigy of the most powerful and longest serving queen in the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coin is recognised throughout the world by bullion dealers and collectors alike.

The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Australia’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Australia has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”. Inscribed below the effigy is the nominal face value of 50 Australian dollars, the year of mintage, weight and purity of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.

The reverse displays an embellished snake. Inscribed under the snake is the text “Year of the Snake”, to the left is the Chinese character for “snake”, and the letter “P” which stands for Perth Mint.

Australian Lunar gold coin – Year of the Snake

The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinese zodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each of them being celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the snake was last celebrated in 2013.

Those born in the year of the snake are considered to be diplomatic, cautious, and smart, and especially calculating during sessions of negotiations, either in private circumstances or in situations connected to work. They are thought to have a philosophical and intuitive mind that most often favour feelings and instincts over logic. This intuitiveness coupled with their caution and smartness comes in handy in most business ventures. People born in the year of the snake tend to be good with money and are able to get the best out of every situation, partially attributed to their charming and smooth way of handling things. They are highly seductive and hard to resist, which leads many to fall hopelessly in love with them. Paradoxically, their ability to seduce can be a reflection of their own insecurity, leading them to bite if angered! Those born in the year of the snake often seek the acceptance and approval of the people they care about, and if this security is granted, they will then definitely respond with generosity, romance and love.

It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Snake coin is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you are showing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious golden artwork.

Australian Lunar Year of the Snake coins – as rare as gold

The Perth Mint introduced the Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins for the first time in 2001 and subsequently issued the coins again in 2013. The next issue of the Year of the Snake will only become available in 2025, when the snake, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again try to seduce. In 2001 the gold coin was offered in 1kg, 10 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights, while the 2009 issue added one new weight: 10 kg. The one-ounce gold pieces were sold out in both years, reaching the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 gold coins in each respective year. If the mintage of all Year of the Snake gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 187,138 gold pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of other well-known investment bullion coins. For example, the Australian Kangaroo one-ounce gold coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of the Year of the Snake Gold Series every 9 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.

1/2 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Snake 2013 Gold Coin Gold weight
Weight Nominal Diameter in mm Sample Weight in g Grams Ounces
1/2 oz 50 dollars 30.6 24 carats 15.55329 15.55173 1/2

1/2 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Snake 2013 Gold Coin

Australia · Purity: 24 carats · ⌀ 30.6 мм

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