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Year of the Snake


The Chinese Zodiac is an astrological system that rotates through a twelve year lunar cycle. Each of these years is associated with an animal arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. An ancient folk story states that the order was established by a race between the animals that was orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. It is believed that each of these animals is associated with a set of characteristics that may serve as an astrological guide to understand the events that occur in the year as well as the personalities of those born in the year. The Royal Australian Mint regularly produces coins celebrating the beginning of a new Chinese Lunar Year.

This one dollar piece was issued in 2013 to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Snake. It is part of the annual Lunar series released by the Royal Australian Mint. The reverse design features a snake along with the Chinese character for snake, the year of issue "2013" and the legend "YEAR OF THE SNAKE". The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR"

The Chinese Zodiac states that the snake is an intelligent creature but is a predator and has a tendency to be devious. Those born in the year of the snake are often said to be intelligence, wise and charming. Although distrustful and quiet they are good at advising and are usually attractive.(Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2016)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2016The tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692013 15,0532627283030311708704,000 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2013 Proof4,200      Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.