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 thirty dollar piece was issued in 2013 to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Snake. It is part of
the lovely Lunar Prestige series that includes three silver coins (One, Ten, and Thirty Dollars) and three gold coins (Hundred,
Five-Hundred, and Three-thousand Dollars). 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 usually attractive.
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