It appears that we have a case of 'ask and you shall receive'.
Some might remember that the design for the Perth Mint 2012 Lunar Dragon was in fact leaked a couple of months before the release date and official unveiling, so keep your eyes peeled.
Although the description for the 2013 Silver Lunar Snake reads like it could be a repeat of the 2001 Gold Lunar Snake (snake entwined on a branch, see picture below), I have it on good authority that they've gone with a completely new design for the silver coin this year.
A short time ago an anonymous poster linked some pictures of the forthcoming coin at the bottom of the article... couldn't have asked for more than that!
The images show what appears to be the proof versions of the coin (shiny background, matte design), but the same images will be replicated for the bullion design (Series 2 has kept the image used between proof and bullion coins consistent where some in Series 1 differed between the two types).
|Perth Mint 2013 Lunar Snake Gold 1oz Coin Proof Front|
|Perth Mint 2013 Lunar Snake Gold 1oz Coin Proof Back|
|Perth Mint 2013 Lunar Snake Silver 1oz Coin Proof Front|
|Perth Mint 2013 Lunar Snake Silver 1oz Coin Proof Back|
I really like the new designs. They have a modern artistic look with some Chinese influence.
The snakes in Series 1 were perhaps a more realistic representation of the reptile, but I am not a fan of the 2001 Silver Lunar design (snake with eggs).
Just a reminder that Perth Mint won't be releasing the bullion coin until September 3rd this year, so it will be sometime before you are able to purchase them. However, at least the images above will give you advance time to think about whether you want to purchase some. I have no doubt that I will end up buying a roll or three.
When released the Perth Mint 2013 Lunar Snake coins are likely to be highly sought after for the reasons I outlined in June last year (for the Lunar Dragon release), they:
- Have a low mintage
- Sport an aesthetically pleasing design
- Are housed in individual capsules
- Have a quality finish
- Are produced by world renowned Perth Mint
- Come with legal tender status
- Priced as bullion coins on release
I don't know that they will be quite as popular as the Dragons, but I won't rule anything out as I believe the number of retail investors looking to buy popular, well recognised series and brands over more readily available low premium Silver bars will increase as the bull market in Silver progresses to the public interest phase.