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SNAKE OPAL GILSON Chinese Lunar Year Silver Coin 10$ Fiji 2013


In the Chinese calendar the year 2013 is known as the year of the snake. The snake is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. In Chinese horoscope the snake is strongly related with cleverness and knowledge. This coin is the world’s first with embedded carved plate made of two different gemstones, the Gilson-Opal! A traditional craftsmanship, only known by a few artists!

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The Snake
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2013 is the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. The Snake personality is believed to hold mysterious power and influence. Appreciative of the finer aesthetics in life, the Snake possesses a keen air of calmness in situations of conflict.
The Snake's ability to renew itself typifies the strength for rebirth and recovery. A resilient and strong willpower enables the Snake to achieve objectives never faltering away from its true focus. The Chinese consider it lucky to have a symbol of the Snake for those born under the respective year.
Many say that it enhances the personality and strong characteristics of the Snake to have a symbolic Snake around. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.

  • CountryFiji
  • Year2013
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The design for this 2013 Year of the Snake (1oz) silver coin consists of a representation of a snake entwined on a Gilson-Opal gemstone, surrounded by a line. The Opal includes the inscription 'Year of the Snake' along with the Pinyin pictograph pronounced 'she' and meaning 'snake' in artificial black Onyx. Gilson-Opals can express every color in the visible spectrum. In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand. The Coat of Arms,the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin's obverse.