Face Value: 15 dollars
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g): 26.7
Diameter (mm): 38
Artist: Three Degrees Creative Group
The Mint’s Lunar Scalloped Coin serves up a unique appeal, enhanced by a dynamic, modern design crafted in pure silver. Part of a sought-after series celebrating the unique heritage and ancient culture of Chinese Canadians.
This $15 coin is certified to be 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 26.7 grams and a diameter of 38 millimetres. Three Degrees Creative Group has created a reverse design that captures the snake’s mystery and hypnotic grace. The upper right-hand portion of the central polished silver field is dominated by overhanging embossed leaves. Recalling the sinuous lotus-shaped edge of the coin, the snake’s body is partially hidden by this stylized foliage as the snake, viewed from its left side, peeks enigmatically from its place of cover, the powerful curves of its texturized and patterned body wending their way gracefully across the center of the coin.
This body is engraved in full textural detail, making the snake appear ready to slide from the coin toward its destiny.
The reverse features the Chinese symbols for snake. The obverse features the word “CANADA,” the date “2013,” the face value of “15 DOLLARS,” and the effigy of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by artist Susanna Blunt
This pure silver coin is part of the Royal Canadian Mint’s renowned Lunar Lotus series featuring coins of the Chinese zodiac.
Crafted in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exceptional 99.99% pure silver.
Each 99.99% pure silver coin comes in an attractive Asian-inspired case—a perfect gift for those born in 2013.
A celebration of Chinese Canadian culture, this coin makes an excellent gift and a stunning addition to any collection.
Calendar of ancient symbolism—The Year of the Snake
The Chinese lunar calendar was first introduced by Emperor Huan Ti in 2637 BC; a cycle of twelve years, each named after a different animal. Legends abound how the zodiacs were chosen. Some believe Lord Buddha summoned the animals to bid him farewell when he parted the Earth and rewarded his loyal subjects by naming a year after them— the Year of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The character of each animal is believed to influence the events, political and economic conditions of its year; even the personality and temperament of individuals born during its cycle.
The year 2013 is ruled by the Snake. The Snake personality is graceful and soft-spoken. It has a hypnotic beauty and never gives itself totally away. The mysterious Snake is a strategic planner that has everyone guessing its next move. It will keep plotting until it gets what it wants. And when it does, it is not likely to let go. The Snake is a strong individual and is usually destined for great success.
The Year of the Snake also ruled 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001. However, people born in January or February should consult the Chinese lunar calendar. New Year does not automatically fall on January 1st. This celebration is better known as the Spring Festival and coincides with the first day of spring—a date that shifts from year to year depending upon the lunar cycle and solar year.