2014 Perth Mint Lunar Horse Coins and Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin

Gold and Silver Perth Mint Lunar Year of the Horse Series Coins (LHS, Centre). Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin (RHS).

2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Designs From Around The World.

New Zealand Mint Proof Silver Lunar Dragon Gilded Coin (Left). Perth Mint Silver Lunar Dragon Coin (Middle). Royal Canadian Mint Lotus Silver Dragon Proof (Right).

Series 1 Lunar Coins

Series 1 Chinese Gold Lunar Coins (left). Series 1 Perth Mint Silver Lunar Coins (Right).

Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits 2011

A selection of Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits, Round, Coloured and Plum Blossom.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2013 Lunar Snake (Perth Mint): Typeset, High Relief, Coloured, Gilded + More

The next round of Lunar Snake coins to be released by Perth Mint will be available early next week (see the Forthcoming Releases page):


I sent through some questions to the Perth Mint for clarification given changes that were made to the Series 2 lineup for the Dragon release last year... questions asked were:
Will the "2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Coloured Edition" be a proof coloured release (like the dragon) or a boxed specimen version like the previous Series 2 coloured releases?
Is the "2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Typeset" going to only include the usual 4 coins (gilded/coloured/proof/bullion) or will it also include the high relief coin (making it a 5 coin set)? Also will the coloured coin in the Typeset be the same as the coloured coin released on same day (e.g. coloured proof or specimen coin)?
These were good questions prompted by Captain Overkill who also writes about Lunar coins on his blog Doomberg (check it out!).

Stephen Ward from Perth Mint responded promptly with the below:

  • The individual 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Coloured Edition is a proof quality coin.
  • The 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Typeset comprises the four traditional coins - gilded/coloured/proof/bullion.
  • The coloured coin in Typeset is specimen (ie frosted table).
The questions were relevant as there were some changes to these coins last year for the Dragon release (compared with previous Series 2 releases). For example the coloured proof coin was a new addition for the Dragon lineup, where previously the coloured coin sold in presentation packaging was only a specimen coin.

I think the potential for these coins in the short term is fairly limited. While the High Relief Dragon when released did shoot up briefly on secondary markets it quickly died back down. I will probably order one of the High Relief Snakes for my personal collection, as I've written before these coins are some of the few that I "collect" (see this post).

As I pointed out in this post earlier in the year, the bullion coins have outperformed the numismatic releases over the long term and I don't expect that to stop as the spot price of Gold and Silver continues to rise.

Besides the High Relief Snake the only standout is probably the typeset, which have tended to perform well given their low release numbers (1,500 sets). I suspect this might be the only release in this lineup that might be difficult to source directly from the Perth Mint, so may be worth jumping onto their site quickly for that one next week.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Lucky COA #888 Lunar Snake Proof Coin for Auction

How's this for a lucky score... Silver Stacker's member 'ashleyd123' bought some 1oz Proof Lunar Snakes from the Perth Mint on release day and managed to pickup the coin with COA #888. A very lucky number in Chinese culture and should be worth a fair amount more than a standard proof coin.

The coin has been placed for sale on eBay where current bid is already over $500 (Official issue price was $107). Click here to view the auction. Currently the auction has just over 4 days left to run.

The results of the auction should be a good test of current interest in Perth Mint Lunar series coins

When the 2012 Lunar Dragon 1oz Proof sold out last year they were selling for upwards of $400 without a unique COA #. Perhaps a lucky bid of $888 will win you this unique coin?!

Perth Mint 2013 Silver Lunar Snake 1oz Proof Coin COA #888

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

PAMP 2013 Lunar Snake Gold & Silver Bars

Last year PAMP started their Lunar Calendar Series CertiPAMP packaged bars, I covered the release of the Dragon bars on Bullion Baron:


They have now released a 2013 Lunar Snake Series in both Gold and Silver. The bars are already available to purchase from site sponsor Bullion Money (click here to purchase).

Here are some pictures:

PAMP 2013 Lunar Snake Gold Bar (Click to buy)
PAMP - The Lunar Calendar Series. 2013 Year of the Snake (Click to enlarge)
PAMP 2013 Lunar Snake Silver Bar (Click to buy)

It's a great looking design!


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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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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2013 Lunar Snake Coins from New Zealand Mint

See my coverage of New Zealand Mint's 2012 Lunar Dragon releases in this post:

Details of the New Zealand Mint's 2013 Lunar Snake lineup have started to surface with the below images, specifications and mintage numbers now available (click images below to enlarge):

2013 Year of the Snake Lucky Oval 1oz Silver Coin from New Zealand Mint (Mintage: 8,000)
2013 Year of the Snake 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin from New Zealand Mint (Mintage: 8,000)
2013 Year of the Snake Kilo Silver Proof Coin from New Zealand Mint (Mintage: 300)
It's not likely that any of these coins will make my list of purchases, but if they release a Gilded Lunar Snake then I will probably grab one to go with my Dragon from last year.

The New Zealand Mint's presentation of recent releases has been impeccable. Great designs, well presented promotional materials and original/unique packaging all add what are some great looking coins. Perth Mint better watch their back!

There's a reputable member on Silver Stackers (malachii) taking expressions of interest for these coins where you can lock in a low price. Take a look at the thread here if you are interested -> Link

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