Recently released from the Perth Mint of Australia is the 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Rectangle Four-Coin Set. Each coin of the set is struck to proof quality from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver.
Shown on the reverse of the strikes are colored images of four different snakes. These coins continue the Perth Mint's extremely popular Lunar Calendar Series.
2013 is considered the Year of the Snake under the Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in 2013 (as well as 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013) are considered to be under the influence of the snake and will thus likely have the personality qualities of grace, intelligence and ambition.
The snake is one of twelve creatures found in the lunar calendar with the remaining being the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. These twelve creatures are featured annually on the calendar through a twelve-year period before starting over again.
The four new coins of this set all depict different images of a snake set against a background showcasing an Eastern scene. That scene forms a linked image when all four coins are placed together in the correct order.
The featured snakes include the Blue-Lipped Sea Krait, Yellow Banded Wolf Snake, Red Bamboo Rat Snake and Chinese Green Tree Viper. Each snake is colored to reflect their real life hues.
Also offered on the reverse is the Chinese character for snake and the Perth Mint's historic 'P' mintmark. They are joined by the inscription of 1 oz 999 SILVER and the initials of the designer, Tom Vaughan.
Shown on the obverse of the coins is an Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, COOK ISLANDS, 2013 and 1 DOLLAR.
Each coin of this new set is struck as legal tender of the Cook Islands. It should be noted that previous sets of the series have sold out.
The Perth Mint indicates the maximum mintage of the release will be just 3,000 sets. Each will come with a numbered certificate of authenticity along with a contemporary black framed display case which can house all four coins.
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