The Chinese Zodiac is an astrological system that rotates through a twelve year lunar cycle. Each of these years is associated
with an animal arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. An ancient folk story states that the order was established
by a race between the animals that was orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. It is believed that each of these animals
is associated with a set of characteristics that may serve as an astrological guide to understand the events that occur in
the year as well as the personalities of those born in the year. The Royal Australian
This fifty cent piece was issued in 2013 to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Snake. It is the second piece
in a lunar year series that features unique tetra-decagon (fourteen sided) planchets. The
The Chinese Zodiac states that the snake is an intelligent creature but is a predator and has a tendency to be devious. Those born in the year of the snake are often said to be intelligence, wise and charming. Although distrustful and quiet they are good at advising and are unusually attractive.
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