Sep 042012

The Perth Mint is making an individual 1/2oz Year of the Snake silver proof coin available worldwide.

This denomination was previously and continues to be part of the Australian Lunar Three-Coin Silver Proof Set, of which no more than 1,000 sets are issued annually.

For the Year of the Snake, we are striking up to 8,000 additional 1/2oz Proof coins for release in individual presentation packaging. Each 2013-dated coin will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity bearing a number between 1 and 8,000.

Portraying a snake entwined in a branch, this large, 36mm diameter coin is meticulously struck from 99.9% pure silver. Issued as Australian legal tender, it shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

Exclusive Availability

Individual 1/2oz Silver Proof Snakes can only be purchased direct from The Perth Mint – through our website, regular new product bulletin, or our on-site Shop – while stocks last.

Individual kilo and 1oz Proof Snakes, as well as the traditional Three-Coin Set, remain available from The Perth Mint and leading coin dealers.

Click here to order now.



  14 Responses to “Individual 1/2oz Silver Proof Lunar coin offered worldwide”

  1. I have a 2012 half-ounce dragon proof that was a stand-alone coin sold in the same boxes with certificates as the one ounce proof dragons. It came from a seller in Australia or Europe.
    Were they only released in certain markets last year as individual coins, but now they are a worldwide release?

    • Hi Louis

      Thanks for your question.

      We supplied a distributor in Russia with a limited number of individual 1/2oz silver proof Dragons.

      As you correctly surmise, the 2013 1/2oz Snake coin is no longer restricted to Russia.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

      • Perth Mint,

        Is 9000 mintage of the 1/2oz silver proof the absolute total mintage for the whole world ? (after adding 1000 coin in the 3 coin set)
        Or are you making additional mintage for Europe or other continent or will we be surprised again by additional 1/2oz proof in other special packaging?

        • Hi Goblue

          Thanks for the opportunity to clarify.

          Maximum mintage of Three-Coin Set incluidng 1/2oz silver proof Snake = 1,000

          Maximum mintage of individual 1/2oz silver proof Snake = 8,000

          No additional mintages or packaging variations.

          Kind regards

          Blog team

  2. Well done Perth, I’m glad, that this year, we can add a beaut looking 1/2oz proof coin without the hassel and expense of importing from overseas (Russia).

    I’d say many people will snap these coins up, probably to slab them!
    One of your distributors is undercutting your price dramatically and may affect Perth sales!!!
    Check out your US distributor “T”.

    Kind regards

    Billy Black Smith

  3. Talisman coins selling the individually boxed 1/2oz silver proof for $39.95!

    That’s undercutting Perth by a huge amount!


    Billy Black Smith

  4. Hi all,
    I totally agree; great job done releasing a 1/2oz silver proof Snake, a very welcome surprise indeed.

    It is also a reassurance knowing this type will not go for custom made orders elsewhere with all the consequences of mintages and (secondary market) pricing issues.

    However I would like to take Goblue’s question in a general context and hopefully the Blog team is willing to provide us with some additional info.

    What can we expect during this Lunar Snake season when we are talking about custom made orders?

    Many thanks in advance for answering this question, although I can understand that the Perth Mint is perhaps not permitted to provide such info yet.



  5. Hi Mokum

    Good to hear from you again.

    It’s fair to say that the Year of the Dragon created some unique opportunities for the Mint and we’ll look at similar projects should they arise in the Year of the Snake. Sorry that we can’t provide the clarity you desire at this stage but safe to say we’ll always look to balance commercial success with collector interest.

    Kind regards

    Blog Team

    • Thanks Blog team.

      Good to read the PM is considering a fair balance between commercial success and collectors interests, which will be most challenging after reading all the comments during the Dragon season.

      Although I would not mind a surprise considering this also part of collecting coins, I seriously hope the most rarities of the Lunar series will not be upset.

      Keep up the good job.



  6. Quote
    “Individual 1/2oz Silver Proof Snakes can only be purchased direct from The Perth Mint”

    Blog team can you confirm that the 1/2oz silver proof is only available from Perth or will at some stage they be released to Perth’s distributors?


    Billy Black Smith

    • Hi Billy

      Although there are no plans to release the individual 1/2oz silver proof Snake to our worldwide network of authorised distributors, we reserve the right to sell on any leftover stock.

      Tthere’s nothing stopping coin dealers buying at retail from us or our Russian customer – Sberbank, the bank of the Russian Federation. So it’s not inconceivable that the trade will pick some up in the meantime at retail price.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team


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