99.9% pure silver
6th coin in 2nd Lunar Series
No mintage limits
Metal Content (Troy oz) 32.151
Fineness (% purity) 99.90
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 1000
Monetary Denomination (AUD) $30
The Australian Lunar series of silver coins epitomises The Perth Mint's rich tradition of minting bullion coins portraying Chinese themes. The reverse design on this year's releases marks the 2013 Year of the Snake, one of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.
In Chinese culture, people born in the Year of the Snake - 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013, are regarded as intelligent, graceful, independent, analytical and charming.
The coins depict a snake curled around a tree branch. The Chinese character for 'snake' and the inscription 'Year of the Snake' also appear in the design with The Perth Mint's traditional 'P' mintmark.
No mintage limit applies to 1 kilo, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz and 1/2oz coins. Except for the 1 kilo release, production of these coins will close at the end of 2013 and The Perth Mint will declare each coin's official mintage. Production of 1 kilo coins will cease at the end of the series.
A maximum of 200 10 kilo coins will be produced on a mint-to-order basis. However, production will close at the end of 2013, when the coin's actual mintage will be declared.
The Perth Mint will produce up to 300,000 1oz coins. Production will cease when the mintage is fully sold or at the end of the series, whichever comes first.