A plethora of new 2013 Year of the Snake Coins have been issued by the Perth Mint of Australia.
Among the new releases are three different sized colored gold proof coins, two different sized colored silver proof coins, a Baby Snake Silver Proof Coin and a Year of the Snake Silver Rectangle Four-Coin Set.
All of the new releases are struck to mark 2013 as the Year of the Snake. The snake is the sixth of twelve creatures to be featured in the Chinese zodiac with these new coins issued as part of their respective Lunar Series programs from the Perth.
Information, coin images and prices for the coins are provided below. The listed prices may change depending on the market price of precious metals.
2013 Year of the Snake Colored Gold Proof Coins
Three new 2013 Year of the Snake Colored Gold Proof Coins have been released by the Perth Mint. All three feature a colored image of a snake on the reverse.
The coins are available in 1 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz sizes. Each is struck from 99.99% pure gold and ship with numbered certificates of authenticity and display cases. Maximum mintage of each release is listed at 5,000.
Current prices for the colored gold proof coins from largest to smallest are: AUS $2,818,18, or US $2,928.10; AUS $717.27, or US $745.25; and AUS $308.18, or US $320.20.
2013 Year of the Snake Colored Silver Proof Coins
Two different sized 2013 Year of the Snake Colored Silver Proof Coins are now available. This includes a one kilo coin and a 1/2 oz coin each struck from 99.9% pure silver.
Both new coins feature a black and yellow colored image of a snake on the reverse. Mintage of the kilo coin is shown as just 500 with up to 10,000 of the 1/2 oz coins to be released.
Current prices for the colored silver proof coins from largest to smallest are: AUS $97.27, or US $101.06 and AUS $61.36, or US $63.75.
2013 Baby Snake 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin
A fanciful image of a baby snake is shown on the reverse of the Baby Snake 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin. Joining the creature on the reverse is a festive wreath and holiday decorations.
These coins are struck from 1/2 ounce of .999 fine silver with a maximum mintage of 7,500. Each includes a display case and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Price for the Baby Snake coin is currently listed at AUS $61.36, or US $63.75.
2013 Year of the Snake 1 oz Silver Rectangle Four-Coin Set
Struck as legal tender of the Cook Islands, the Year of the Snake 1 oz Silver Rectangle Four-Coin Set features images of four different colored snakes on the coin’s reverses. Each 99.9% pure silver coin appears in a unique rectangular shape.
Maximum mintage for this release is 3,000 sets. Each also includes a black-framed display case suitable for housing the four coins.
The current price for the rectangle four-coin set is AUS $389.00, or US $404.27.
All of the above coins are available directly from The Perth Mint website. Orders that total $100 or more will ship free until November 30, 2012.
See additional Perth Mint products from this site’s guide of Australian coins.
About the Perth Mint
The Royal Mint of England originally opened the Perth Mint of Australia (http://www.perthmint.com.au/) in 1899 as a branch of the London facility. It continued in operation as a branch of the Royal Mint until ownership was transferred to the State Government of Western Australia in 1970. Today, the Perth is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program in addition to producing some of the world’s most unique collectible coins.