Thursday, September 6, 2012

2013 Lunar Snake Coin Releases: Fiji, Niue & Korea

Following posts on 2013 Lunar Snake Coin Releases from Perth Mint , Singapore Mint, Canadian Mint and New Zealand Mint, here are a few other 2013 Lunar Snake coins which are on the way or released (click image to enlarge):

2013 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Lunar Year of the Snake: Lilith 
Country: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Issuing year: 2013
Face Value: 5 Won
Metal: Ag.999, Silver
Diameter: 38.61mm
Weight: 20 grams
Condition: Patinated
Mintage:1,000 coins
Specialty: Zodiac coin with an original 3D True-color-Holography nickelshim embedded

Lilith and Eve represent the two types of women who are in psychology and literature between Heaven and Hell. Holography is a technique that allows the light scattered from an object to be recorded and later reconstructed so that when an imaging system (a camera or an eye) is placed in the reconstructed beam, an image of the object will be seen even when the object is no longer present. The image changes as the position and orientation of the viewing system changes in exactly the same way as if the object were still present, thus making the image appear three-dimensional.



2013 Fiji Lunar Year of the Snake: Opal Snake
Country: Fiji
Issuing year: 2013
Face Value: 10 Dollars
Metal: Ag.999, Silver
Diameter: 38.61mm
Weight: 1 oz / 31.1035 g
Condition: Patinated
Mintage: 1,000 coins
Specialty: Embedded Gilson opal plate
The design for this 2013 Year of the Snake (1oz) silver coin consists of a representation of a snake entwined on a Gilson-Opal gemstone, surrounded by a line. The Opal includes the inscription ‘Year of the Snake’ along with the Pinyin pictograph pro-nounced ‘shé’ and meaning ‘snake’ in artificial black Onyx.



2013 Niue Lunar Year of the Snake: The Snakebite
Country: Niue
Issuing year: 2013
Face Value: 1 Dollar
Metal: Copper, silver plated
Diameter: 38.61mm
Weight: 20 grams
Edge: Reeded
Condition: Proof Like (PL)
Mintage: 1,500 coins

Historically, snakebites were seen as a means of execution in some cultures. In medieval Europe, a form of capital punishment was to throw people into snake pits, leaving victims to die from multiple venomous bites. A similar form of punishment was common in Southern Han during China’s Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period and in India.  Snakebites were also used as a form of suicide, most notably by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII, who reportedly died from the bite of an asp—likely an Egyptian cobra after hearing of Mark Antony’s death.

Larger versions of the front of each coin can be observed by clicking the below images:


These coins are being distributed by the Helvetic Mint.

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1 comments:

2013 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Lunar Year of the Snake

Is this a real Democratic People’s Republic of Korea coin? Who minted it? Thanks.

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