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2013 Australian Lunar Series Snake Silver Coins

Updated on April 15, 2013

All About Perth Mint 2013 Silver Lunar Snakes

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2013 brings about the Year of the Snake. The Chinese Lunar calendar has rapidly become the top theme in modern numismatics. The Perth Mint is located in Perth Australia and as part of their extremely popular Lunar Series 2 coins they will release a wide array of silver coins, proof silver coins, and colorized coins to commemorate the year of the snake.

The snake is known for its wisdom, charm, secrecy, suspicious nature and intelligence. These traits are beautifully highlighted in the Australian Perth Mint's 2013 Year of the Snake silver coin releases. The snake stands out in the Chinese zodiac as one of the most desirable characters. It is also one of the most popular and brings enthusiastic lunar silver coin collectors and investors swarming in to purchase the popular Perth Mint releases.

As this lens is dedicated to coins it will be rather heavy on photographs. The coins and photos in this lens are part of my personal collection. I hope you enjoy the review as much as I did making it.

2013 Australia Year of the Snake coins by Perth Mint
2013 Australia Year of the Snake coins by Perth Mint

Standard Bullion Issue

The Australian Perth Mint's standard bullion silver snake issues come in 10 Kilo, 1 Kilo, 10, 5, 2, 1 and 1/2 ounce sizes. These coins are sold as bullion and usually closely follow the value of the silver contained in them. Due to the popularity of the Lunar theme and the uniqueness of the snake coin in particular these coins have historically experienced rapid price appreciation and sell at substantial premiums to their silver content. This has provided initial investors in them with opportunities for attractive returns.

The one ounce version has a limited mintage of 300,000 coins. The other sizes are minted to demand with mintage figures published at the conclusion of the year. The Kilo is available for purchase throughout the series life while the others cease to be minted at the conclusion of the year. Another factor that attracts investors toward the Australian lunar snake coins minted in 2013 is their liquidity; The Perth Mint is held in very high esteem by collectors resulting in exceptionally strong market demand for the lunar series coins.

5, 2, and 1/2 ounce releases

5 2 1/2 ounce 2013 Silver Australian Lunar Snake
5 2 1/2 ounce 2013 Silver Australian Lunar Snake

2013 Colorized Lunar Silver Snakes - Released in February 2013

Australia 2013 Colorized Lunar Silver Snakes
Australia 2013 Colorized Lunar Silver Snakes

The Perth Mint are pioneers in the introduction of colorized coins. Their presentation utilizes a proprietary process of colorizing coins to enhance their appeal. The color is actually permanently sealed and bonded onto the coin. The flawless execution of the technology yields striking full colored detail portraits on individualized coins. Colorized versions of the bullion snakes coins have been released in 1 Kilo, 10, 5, 2, 1, and 1/2 ounce versions. The photo above shows a single 10 ounce colorized coin. The colorized coins have become popular numismatic alternatives to the bullion issues with far less of them being minted.

2013 Australia Perth Mint Silver Proof Snake
2013 Australia Perth Mint Silver Proof Snake

Proof Versions

Released September 4, 2012

The snake is also available in a proof finish version composed of 99.9% fine silver. The design elements of the coin remain unchanged but the fields are mirrored and the details are frosted. Here are the silver proof coins released on September 4, 2012:

2013 Snake Silver Proof 1oz Coin

2013 Snake Silver Proof Three-Coin Set

2013 Snake Silver Proof 1kg Coin

Snuggly housed in classic black and red perth mint display cases slid inside a nicely illustrated outer box with a numbered COA.

2013 Australian Snake 3 Coin Proof Set
2013 Australian Snake 3 Coin Proof Set

Silver Lunar Snake 2013 3 coin mint proof set in presentation box

2013 Australian Lunar Snake Kilo Silver Proof
2013 Australian Lunar Snake Kilo Silver Proof

There is nothing more impressive than one of the larger coins. Even more so when they are in a proof finish. Here is the Kilo Silver Proof with outer Box.

2013 Perth Mint Lunar Snake Proof Outer Boxes
2013 Perth Mint Lunar Snake Proof Outer Boxes

Many collectors are highly interested in the mint packaging as this is the complete presentation for the issue. Here are the Proof Outer Boxes for 2013 Australian Perth Mint Lunar Snake.

Mint Sealed Rolls

2 Ounce Silver Australian Lunar Snake Roll
2 Ounce Silver Australian Lunar Snake Roll

If you have ever wondered how rolls are prepared at the mint here is your answer. 20 individual 1/2 or 1 ounce coins are shrink wrapped together to form a continuous roll. In the case of 2 ounce coins the roll is only 5 coins. The photo above depicts rolls of two ounce series 2 silver snakes while below is a mint sealed box of 100 1 ounce lunar snake coins.

Many investors will only purchase mint sealed rolls and save them for a few years to be released into the market when the number of mint condition specimens has dwindled.

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100 1 Ounce Silver Lunar Snake Box LabelSealed 1 Ounce Silver Lunar Snake Mint Box
100 1 Ounce Silver Lunar Snake Box Label
100 1 Ounce Silver Lunar Snake Box Label
Sealed 1 Ounce Silver Lunar Snake Mint Box
Sealed 1 Ounce Silver Lunar Snake Mint Box

NGC MS70

2013 NGC MS70 Australian Silver Lunar Snake
2013 NGC MS70 Australian Silver Lunar Snake

Grading of modern bullion has seen a continuing increase in popularity. The coin is graded for the quality of the strike and then encased (slabbed) in a protective plastic holder with a label stating the grade of the coin. Above is the 1 ounce snake bullion version in a perfect NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) MS70 grade and below is the rest of his perfect friends..

Australia Perth Mint 2013 NGC MS70 Silver Lunar Snake Pile
Australia Perth Mint 2013 NGC MS70 Silver Lunar Snake Pile

Early Releases NGC PF70

Australia 2013-P S$1 Silver Snake Early Releases NGC Proof-70 UC
Australia 2013-P S$1 Silver Snake Early Releases NGC Proof-70 UC
2013 AUSTRALIA Lunar II "Year of the Snake" Bavarian Lion Privy
2013 AUSTRALIA Lunar II "Year of the Snake" Bavarian Lion Privy

Bavarian Lion Privy

1 OZ BU SILVER

A special privy release was authorized with the primary intent to be distributed in the German market with a Bavarian Lion Privy. The maximum mintage for this coin is 200,000. It is basically identical to the traditional bullion release minted in .999 fine silver with the exception of the privy mark on the reverse of the coin. These coins will only be available during 2013.

Specifications:

Metal Content : 1 Troy Ounce

Fineness: 99.90% Pure

Minimum Gross Weight: 31.135 grams

Monetary Denomination: 1.00 AUD

Maximum Diameter: 45.6 mm

Maximum Thickness: 2.6 mm

All coins are presented in protective Perth mint air tight capsules.

Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake High Relief Silver Proof

Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake High Relief Silver Proof
Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake High Relief Silver Proof

In 2012 the Perth Mint released its first high relief lunar coin to commemorate the year of the dragon. The snake follows in its footsteps as the 2013 version and is sure to add to the popularity of the high relief coin issues. The coin is issued with mint packaging including an outer box, presentation case, COA, and coin capsule. It is composed of .999 fine silver and is somewhat smaller and thicker than traditional bullion issues to allow for the high relief technique. The coin's surfaces are actually concave to ensure the metal flows properly as the die strikes this unique issue. Mintage was limited to 7,500 coins..

1 oz Gilded Silver Coin
1 oz Gilded Silver Coin

2013 Australian Year of the Snake

1 oz Gilded Silver Coin

The unique design of the 2013 Perth Mint Lunar Year of the Snake is punctuated with the 24k Gold Gilded Silver Coin. Composed of 1 oz of 999 fine silver, individual coins come in a Perth Mint red and black presentation case with Certificate of Authenticity. The original government package is completed by an outer illustrated box.

2013 1 oz Silver Lunar Snake Colored Proof

2013 1 oz Australia Perth Mint Silver Lunar Snake Colored Proof
2013 1 oz Australia Perth Mint Silver Lunar Snake Colored Proof

The proof colored version struck by the Perth Mint in 99.9% pure silver is an extremely striking issue. The coin is legal tender in Australia of one dollar. This is mostly symbolic since the silver value of the coin is far greater than the measly dollar. The reverse depicts a black and yellow snake entwined on a branch along with the Perth Mint "P" mintmark. The obverse carries the Ian Rank-Broadly effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin has a maximum mintage of 10,000 coins. The packaging consists of an outer box, presentation case, Certificate of Authenticity and an air tight capsule.

2013 Kilo Silver Year of the Snake Coin Gemstone Eye Colorized
2013 Kilo Silver Year of the Snake Coin Gemstone Eye Colorized

2013 Kilo Silver Year of the Snake Coin Gemstone Eye Colorized

The Pièce de résistance of the Year of the snake silver coins is the largest $30 legal tender issue. The substantive one kilo, .999 silver, beautifully colorized specimen is clearly one of the most captivating coins to ever be issued. Instantly commandeering the attention of anyone who sees this massive specimen, this dramatic one kilo silver coin is punctuated by a genuine diamond inset in the right eye of the snake! Actual mintage is limited to a meager 5000 coins.

Besides 2013, other Snake years include 2001,1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, and 1905.

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2001 was also a year of the snake. It was the 3rd release of the Series 1 set. The 2001 Silver Lunar Year of the Snake features a beautifully coiled snake protecting her eggs as they hatch, The design was by Tony Dean. The Ian Rank- Broadley effigy of Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse. Here is the 2 ounce release from that year. This was the coin that actually followed the dragon and served to enhance and substantiate the lunar coin craze.

Other Series 2 Coins Photo Gallery

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2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Proof2012 Colorized Kilo Silver Dragon2009 Lunar Ox2010 Colorized Lunar Tiger Coin2011 Lunar Rabbit Proof Coin2013 Lunar Silver Snake Coin2013 Kilo Lunar Silver Snake Coin in Low Light10 & 5 Ounce 2013 Australian Lunar Snake Silver Coins
2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Proof
2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Proof
2012 Colorized Kilo Silver Dragon
2012 Colorized Kilo Silver Dragon
2009 Lunar Ox
2009 Lunar Ox
2010 Colorized Lunar Tiger Coin
2010 Colorized Lunar Tiger Coin
2011 Lunar Rabbit Proof Coin
2011 Lunar Rabbit Proof Coin
2013 Lunar Silver Snake Coin
2013 Lunar Silver Snake Coin
2013 Kilo Lunar Silver Snake Coin in Low Light
2013 Kilo Lunar Silver Snake Coin in Low Light
10 & 5 Ounce 2013 Australian Lunar Snake Silver Coins
10 & 5 Ounce 2013 Australian Lunar Snake Silver Coins