Chinese 2013 Year of the Snake Gold and Silver Coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued a series of commemorative coins to mark the 2013 Year of the Snake. The program includes 8 gold coins, and 7 silver coins across a variety of sizes and shapes, with two primary designs.

The obverse design used for all coins features the national emblem of the People’s Republic of China with lotus and fish symbolizing surplus. The inscriptions include the title of the PRC and the “2013” date. The reverse design which is used across eleven different coins includes a depiction of a snake against a background with a decorative snake pattern. The inscriptions include “Gui Si” (Snake) in Chinese and the legal tender denomination.

The different shapes utilized include round, fan shaped, scallop shaped (or plum blossom), and rectangular.

The eleven different coins featuring this design are the following:

  • 50 Yuan Gold Coin: 1/10 oz. Round in Proof quality with 120,000 Mintage
  • 10 Yuan Silver Coin: 1 oz. Round in Proof quality with 200,000 Mintage
  • 150 Yuan Gold Coin: 1/3 oz. Fan Shaped in Bullion quality with 30,000 Mintage
  • 10 Yuan Silver Coin: 1 oz. Fan Shaped in Bullion quality with 80,000 Mintage
  • 200 Yuan Gold Coin: 1/2 oz. Scallop Shaped in Proof quality with 8,000 Mintage
  • 10 Yuan Silver Coin: 1 oz. Scallop Shaped in Proof quality with 60,000 Mintage
  • 2,000 Yuan Gold Coin: 5 oz. Rectangular in Proof quality with 2,000 Mintage
  • 50 Yuan Silver Coin: 5 oz. Rectangular in Proof quality with 20,000 Mintage
  • 10,000 Yuan Gold Coin: 1 kg Scallop Shaped in Proof quality with 118 Mintage
  • 300 Yuan Silver Coin: 1 kg Round in Proof quality with 3,800 Mintage
  • 100,000 Yuan Gold Coin: 10 kg Round in Proof quality with 18 Mintage

The second design utilized features a traditional folk design of a colored snake in the foreground with a flower design in the background. Inscriptions include “Gui Si” and the face value. The obverse is the same as previous.

The four different coins featuring this design are the following:

  • 50 Yuan Gold Coin: 1/10 oz. Round in Proof quality with 120,000 Mintage
  • 10 Yuan Silver Coin: 1 oz. Round in Proof quality with 220,000 Mintage
  • 2,000 Yuan Gold Coin: 5 oz. Round in Proof quality with 3,000 Mintage
  • 50 Yuan Silver Coin: 5 oz. Round in Proof quality with 30,000 Mintage

This line up of 15 different coins and the respective mintage levels appear to be the same as used for last year’s China 2012 Year of the Dragon Coins.

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Comments

  1. Samuel says

    Schalk, I personally dont think some of the animals are good candidates for coins, for example, rat, snake and pig etc.

    the link is actually the catalog (from 1979-) at the official china mint website.

  2. Miami Man says

    Coins received from a domestic dealer. The Ag 1 oz flower (or scalloped) shaped coin mintage 60,000 is $169. The half ounce gold coin price works out to $2,319. These are sold only as a two coin set. So yes – expensive – but IMO they are beautiful examples of the art of coins. The 8.000 mintage gold coin for 1.3 billion Chinese population is small. But the price – compared to (for example) the First Spouse series – is (it seems ) very high. The Chinese have been producing coins for many years and their experience shows in the product.

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