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Canada 2013 $20 Commemorative #07 - Year of the Snake Chinese Lunar Zodiac Pure Silver Specimen Finish

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Exciting and extremely affordable - struck in the purest silver in the world! Celebrate the Year of the Snake with a true bargain, including a mintage limit and high face value - what's not to love?!

Sold out at the Mint!The year 2013 is ruled by one of the most popular and auspicious of all the lunar zodiac signs - the clever 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. This cunning, clever animal is made all the more desirable by the Royal Canadian Mint's new, realistically rendered snake pure silver $20 Silver Commemorative dramatically depicted by the fine engravers at the Mint in precious silver!

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A deadly and dangerous, highly poisonous and venomous Eastern Brown Snake of Australia, ready to strike!Canada $20 Silver Commemorative Program
Far and away the most popular series in recent memory, the highly collectible Canadian $20 Silver Commemorative Program offers coin collectors of all means the opportunity to acquire significant, striking designs, all minted in the purest silver on the planet! All have sold out at the Mint quickly - don't delay - get yours today! The coins in this program include:

    1)  2011 Maple Leaf $20 Silver Commemorative
    2)  2011 Native American Canoeist $20 Silver Commemorative
    3)  2012 Polar Bear Swimming $20 Silver Commemorative
    4)  2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
    5)  2012 Farewell to the Penny $20 Silver Commemorative
    6)  2012 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
    7)  2013 Year of the Snake $20 Silver Commemorative
    8)  2013 Hockey Player $20 Silver Commemorative
    9)  2013 Wolf $20 Silver Commemorative
  10)  2013 Iceberg & Humpback Whales $20 Silver Commemorative
  11)  2013 Santa Claus $20 Silver Commemorative
  12)  2014 Canadian Goose $20 Silver Commemorative
  13)  2014 Bobcat $20 Silver Commemorative
  14)  2014 Summertime Fun $20 Silver Commemorative

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What's all the fuss about, er, I mean, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways...

• High face value.
• Lowest mintage to date in the $20 Silver Commemorative Silver Series - half or less of any previous issue!
• Limited mintage - only 1 in 250 Canadians can ever own one! (And what does that leave for the rest of the world?!?!)
• Significant precious metal content.
• Minted in the purest silver available in the world - only the Royal Canadian Mint strikes four 9s fine silver coins!
• All previous $20 Silver Commemorative releases sold out in mere days!
• Handsome specimen finish - unique to the RCM!
• Simple yet evocative artistry, an original work of art designed that realistically captures the essence of the snake!
• Year of the Snake design! And this is far and away the least expensive pure silver Year of the Snake coin you can purchase - anywhere in the world!

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No-Exposure Proposal
Precious silver, a limited mintage, and a $20 denomination - here's a no-risk proposition if there ever was one! With economists becoming more and more anxious about the rising debt levels of Western nations, the timing couldn't be better. (Think about the incredibly huge federal budget deficit, all the states' financial problems, and the recent defaults in Europe.) The worry of fiat (paper) money ending up worthless also contributes to the ongoing rise in popularity of precious metals. Well, here's some relief - a precious metals coin with a high face value, too!

Consider just this one simple fact - we're selling this unique $20 Silver Commemorative coin at a price that's right about its on-the-table, in-your-hand value - the $20 denomination plus the $8.00 spot value of the silver (at current (as of this writing) $32 per ounce silver) is essentially its price in the Special Quantity Discount 10-Pack!

It Simply Adds Up
Do the math:   High Face Value + Significant Precious Metal Content + Wildlife Theme + Mintage Limit = No-Risk Winner

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The Year of the Snake - Intelligent and Clever!
A deadly and dangerous, highly poisonous and venomous Eastern Brown Snake of Australia, slithering towards its prey!Centuries ago, the Chinese invented a calendar based on the lunar (rather than the solar) cycle. There are twelve animals in the Chinese lunar zodiac, each corresponding in sequence to a year rather than a month.

In 2013 we celebrate the Year of the Snake. According to tradition, people born during a Year of the Snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013) are said to exhibit that animal’s attributes. Snake people often enjoy new ideas, innovative thoughts and progress, but some will reject advice from anyone but to themselves, although, most snake people are loyal friends and make great company.

The Snake is strongly associated with deep mysticism, valuable wisdom, and knowledge. Most snake people are enigmatic, deep thinking, and maybe the wisest of all Chinese Horoscope signs. Most snake people enjoy learning, reading, and eating good food. They can also be concerned about their outer appearance. Snakes' best attribute is their excellent ability to communicate with others and successfully engage in interesting conversations. For the Chinese people, the snake symbolizes intelligence, happiness and auspiciousness. In certain parts of China people call the snake the “dragon in heaven” or “celestial being”. At Dangfu in East China’s Anhui Province, people call the snake the “dragon at home”.

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A deadly and dangerous, highly poisonous and venomous Eastern Brown Snake of Australia, ready to strike! Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one-quarter ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!
 
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The Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and mirrored surfaces, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting, matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen finish.

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Obverse
Canada 2013 Lunar Year of the Snake $20 in boxA sensational rendering of a camouflaged snake coiling on a tree perch that captures the animal's mystery and hypnotic grace. The Chinese character for "Snake" appears to the left of the snake. The legend FINE SILVER 9999 guarantees the purity. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The date, denomination and the legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA (“Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God”) also appear.


Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue   2013
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27 mm
Mintage Limit 128,888
   
Finish Specimen
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

 

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