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Australia Lunar Snake

2013  Fifty Cent reverse 2013  Fifty Cent obverse

2013 Fifty Cent

Mintage:19,952
Reverse Designer:RAM Design Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:32mm Weight:15.37g Edge:Plain Composition:75% Copper
25% Nickel

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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 Mint regularly produces coins celebrating the beginning of a new Chinese Lunar Year.

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 reverse was designed by Alexander Vorodeyev and depicts a snake resting in grass with its head raised. The denomination, expressed as "50", is located on the bottom of the reverse and the Chinese character for snake is located beside it. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013".

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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