This year's stunning Gilded Edition from the Australian Lunar Series II depicts the wise and lucky snake, the sixth animal in the Chinese lunar calendar.
The birth dates for people ruled by this ancient Chinese sign include 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be wise, intelligent, graceful, independent and charming.
Specimen Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
The coin is meticulously struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in specimen quality.
Stunning Gilded Design
The coin's reverse depicts a snake curled around a tree branch, gilded in 24-carat gold. Gold is said to symbolise wealth and happiness. 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.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 50,000 of the 1oz Gilded Edition coins celebrating the 2013 Year of the Snake.
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The coin is housed in a striking red and black display case and illustrated shipper.
Find out more about the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the Year of the Snake here.