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Australia 2013-P Year of the Snake Chinese Lunar Zodiac $2 2 Ounce Pure Silver Dollar Reverse Proof

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Celebrate the wise and clever Year of the Snake with this large yet affordable 2 ounce, pure silver coin!
 
This large, impressive coin represents a tremendous value, struck in pure silver! These new Series II Lunar Zodiac coins are huge - at 55.60 mm in diameter they are more than 2 inches across! The Perth Mint refers to this as their specimen finish. It's much nicer than an ordinary silver coin - the mirrored design is highlighted on frosted, matte fields (or background). We would therefore refer to this as a "Reverse Proof" or "Reverse Proof-Like" finish. Between its size and the beauty of the finish, we think you'll be impressed with this affordable, pure silver snake!

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A deadly and dangerous, highly poisonous and venomous Eastern Brown Snake of Australia, ready to strike!The Year of the Snake - Intelligent and Clever!
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.

A deadly and dangerous, highly poisonous and venomous Eastern Brown Snake of Australia, ready to strike!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”.

This is the sixth annual release in the Lunar Zodiac Series II from Australia!


Obverse
A snake, its forked tongue protruding, hangs from a tree branch.  The legend YEAR OF THE SNAKE defines the theme. The Chinese character for "Snake" is to the right, while the Perth Mint's "P" mint mark is judiciously placed to the right, near the 3:00 position along the rim.

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Reverse
The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend 2 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date and the denomination also appear.

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SpecificationsA deadly and dangerous, highly poisonous and venomous Eastern Brown Snake of Australia, slithering towards its prey!
Country Australia
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 62.270 g
Diameter 55.60 mm (more than 2 inches!)
Gauge (Thickness)   3.60 mm
   
Finish Reverse Proof (Specimen or Bullion)
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)
Packaging Encapsulated

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