Previously available only in the Asian market, the Perth Mint has authorized limited numbers of these special colorized 2013 Year of the Snake silver coins to be sold in the U.S. market by select distributors. Gainesville Coins is one of the very few distributors to carry these coins direct from the Mint. These beautiful bullion coins are available in five sizes, ranging from 1/2 oz to 1 kilo of 99.9% pure silver. (Please note we have more 1 oz and 2 oz coins en route from Perth Mint.)
The Perth Mint uses a proprietary process to imbue these coins with durable color features. Using highly concentrated mixes of special cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks to produce vibrant, realistic colors, the inks are mixed with a chemically-resistant hardener onto printing plates. Extremely thin layers of paint are successively applied by automated machinery to produce a beautiful, lasting image.
Here is a video of the Proof Silver Rectangular Year of the Snake 4 Coin Set (which we also have in stock) being colorized, to illustrate the process: