Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Snake
The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinese zodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each of them being celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the snake was last celebrated in 2013.
Those born in the year of the snake are considered to be diplomatic, cautious, and smart, and especially calculating during sessions of negotiations, either in private circumstances or in situations connected to work. They are thought to have a philosophical and intuitive mind that most often favour feelings and instincts over logic. This intuitiveness coupled with their caution and smartness comes in handy in most business ventures. People born in the year of the snake tend to be good with money and are able to get the best out of every situation, partially attributed to their charming and smooth way of handling things. They are highly seductive and hard to resist, which leads many to fall hopelessly in love with them. Paradoxically, their ability to seduce can be a reflection of their own insecurity, leading them to bite if angered! Those born in the year of the snake often seek the acceptance and approval of the people they care about, and if this security is granted, they will then definitely respond with generosity, romance and love. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Snake coin is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you are showing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious golden artwork.
Australian Lunar Year of the Snake coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold coins for the first time in 2001 and subsequently issued the coins again in 2013.The next issue of the Year of the Snake will only become available in 2025, when the snake, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again try to seduce. In 2001 the gold coin was offered in 1kg, 10 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights, while the 2009 issue added one new weight: 10 kg. The one-ounce gold pieces were sold out in both years, reaching the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 gold coins in each respective year. If the mintage of all Year of the Snake gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 187,138 gold pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of other well-known investment bullion coins. For example, the Australian Kangaroo one-ounce gold coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of the Year of the Snake Gold Series every 9 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Snake gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.