Last week’s product releases from the Perth Mint included two different colored 2013 Year of the Snake 1 oz. Silver Coins. The first was included in the TypeSet Collection (no longer available), and the second was offered individually as the 1 oz. Silver Coloured Edition (still available).
The coin included in the TypeSet Collection featured a green and yellow snake on a specimen quality coin (frosted table). The coin sold individually was a black and yellow snake on a proof quality coin (mirrored table).
A question from some readers was whether the green and yellow colored coin with specimen finish would remain unique to the TypeSet Collection. Other readers pointed out that last year, Colored Dragon Silver Bullion Coins (i.e. specimen finish) had been available outside of the TypeSet Collection from various sources in large numbers and at low premiums, thus the same might occur for this year. I sent a question to the Perth Mint to determine for sure.
Can you confirm whether the green and yellow snake will remain exclusive to the Typeset collection, or will it be offered in other future products?
Perth Mint Response: No, the green and yellow specimen coin we will be available to the Chinese market.
I sent an additional question related to any other color variations that might be offered for the 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Coins.
Are you able to provide any information on what kinds of different colored Year of the Snake coins will be available this year? Last year, there were 9 different colored 1 oz. silver Year of the Dragon coins, which were offered in at least two different sets and sometimes individually as show specials. Will there be a similar line up of colored Year of the Snake coins offered?
Perth Mint Response: There will only be two colours available this year – green and yellow and black and yellow.