Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2013 Lunar Snake (Gold and Silver): Macau Series

Apologies to any readers who missed out on seeing the pictures of the Perth Mint 2013 Lunar Snake Coins. I was asked to remove the images given that they are embargoed until release on September 3rd.

But on to a mint who has publicly revealed the designs of their forthcoming coins 2013 Lunar Snake designs... Singapore Mint has recently posted pictures and details of the soon to be issued Macau Lunar Snake Coins (hat tip to members of the Gold Club Asia Forums for spotting this one)! 

Here is their description of the design:
In conjunction with the 2013 Lunar Snake year, the Monetary Authority of Macau issues the Macau Snake coin which is the sixth in the Macau Lunar coin collection (2008- 2019), exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint.

An elegantly placed snake over a vibrant display of golden cymbidium ensifolium orchids is featured on the obverse side of the coin. The reverse side of the coin features the Ruins of St. Paul’s, located in the Historic Centre of Macau, proudly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
See below for the separate details and photos of the coins:

2013 Macau Snake 5oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour
Mintage: 500 pc(s)
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2012
Retail Price: S$780.00 (roughly AUD$600)

2013 Macau Snake 1oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour
Mintage: 6000 pc(s)
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2012
Retail Price: S$138.00 (roughly AUD$106)

Macau Snake 1/4oz 999.9 Fine Gold Proof Coin with colour
Mintage: 3000 pc(s)
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2012
Retail Price: S$860.00 (roughly AUD$660)

It appears the popular 5oz Silver coin is already sold out and will go to a ballot process in order to fill orders (with only 500 coins minted).

The 1oz Silver and 1/4oz Gold coins can still be ordered from the Singapore Mint website, but delivery is not until September.

Thanks goes to reader 'LAB' who has provided some photos of previous issues so you can see how amazing these coins look in real life in comparison to the computer rendered versions shown above:
2008 Macau Rat 1oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

 2009 Macau Ox 1oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

 2012 Macau Dragon 5oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

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the macau coins are truly amazing nice in details en rich in colours
so much nicer then the perth coins the 5 oz dragon and tiger are so beautifull iam looking forward to get my hands on the 5 oz snake (if i can get the coin its never easy ) the low mintage make these coins realy collector items
saluti Baron keep it up

Thanks LAB. I look forward to real photos of these coins being posted online, as more often than not rendered pictures like those shown don't really capture the true beauty of a coin like a real photo does.

i got some beautyfull fotos made them myself is there a way to put them on u site

If you email some photos to me via contact page or link them here and I will add them to the blog post above.

Please email me.

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