Shown on the reverse of the strike is the 2013 Year of the Snake design created by the Perth Mint for use on its annual Australian Lunar Series II silver coins. In the instance of this release, the image of the snake is gilded in 24-karat gold.
The Australian Lunar Series II debuted from the Perth in 2008. It features reverse designs showcasing the twelve creatures found in the Chinese zodiac.
2013 is the Year of the Snake and thus the image of the reptile is shown on the reverse of this coin. Those born in the Year of the Snake are regarded as independent, analytical and intelligent.
The snake is the sixth of the twelve creatures to be featured in the series. Last year's release showcased a dragon such as on the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gilded Silver Coin.
Struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, the obverse of the newest snake release showcases Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 1 OZ 999 SILVER, 2013 and 1 DOLLAR.
The reverse of the snake shows the reptile hanging from the branch of a tree. Inscriptions on the reverse include "Year of the Snake" and the Chinese character for snake.
If the design appears familiar to some, it has already been featured on several other Perth Mint releases such as the Year of the Snake Silver Bullion Coins and the Year of the Snake High Relief Silver Coin.
Each new gilded snake coin features a diameter of 45.60 mm, a thickness of 2.60 mm and a minimum gross weight of 31.135 grams. Potential buyers may order the coin with a presentation case or in a capsule. The capsule option is designed for display in the 12-coin collection case offered by the Perth to display all twelve of the gilded coins either already issued or to be issued as part of the Lunar Series II.
For additional information on the release, see the Perth Mint's Year of the Snake Gilded Silver Coin page offered via the affiliate link below: