The Monnaie de Paris has produced a limited mintage of these beautiful Proof Silver coins to commemorate 2013 as the year of the snake. Established in 864, the Monnaie de Paris is the oldest French institution and is known today for striking modern bullion and commemorative coins with stunning designs.
The obverse of these attractive coins feature a curled snake surrounded by a decorative border in a lustrous Proof finish. Appearing in the design are the words “Année du Serpent” (Year of the Snake) as well as the Chinese symbol for “snake” and the date. Jean de la Fontaine, the famous French fabulist, is depicted on the reverse along with the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the 10 euro denomination and the date.
A different animal of the Chinese zodiac is said to influence each year in the Chinese lunar calendar. The snake is a symbol of intelligence, gracefulness, independence and charm, and is said to impart its traits on the people born in years of its influence. Since the snake only comes around once every 12 years, 2013 Year of the Snake products are very popular.
The actual Silver weight of these Proof Silver coins is .645 oz. Each coin comes to you in a gift/display box with a certificate of authenticity. With a limited mintage of only 10,000, these coins are a hot commodity for collectors. Get your hands on this beautiful and in-demand product from Monnaie de Paris. APMEX makes it easy to buy Silver by offering competitive Silver prices on all Silver lunar coins.