Longstrider's Blog

28 Mar 2022


Coins-World | Longstrider

I would like to share this awesome coin I received from my beautiful, young wife. Below you can see my specimen of the 2013 Canadian Mints rendition of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Snake. This coin is 99.99% fine silver. It has a diameter of 34mm and weighs in at 15.87g. The coin comes from the mint in a cool presentation box and is securelytucked away in a Air-Tite capsule.

The obverse is Susanna Bunt’s vision of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is on many Canadian coins. The reverse is done by Simon Ng and features his vision of The Snake. If you study it you will see that the snakes spotted body forms the Chinese character for “snake”.

In Chinese literature the snake depicted to be soft spoken and graceful. It is a strategic planner that never gives itself totally away. It will keep plotting until it gets its way, never to let go. The snake is a strong being that is destined for greatness.

As a former reptile breeder and longtime reptile guy I have a love for coins showing reptiles and amphibians. Thanks to my wife I am getting a nice collection of them.

I hope you enjoy this blog. Please feel free to comment. Thank you.


The Royal Canadian Mint




Level 5

WOW….what a great addition to your collection buddy! Thanks for sharing and hopefully your monthly allowance won’t be affected…. ;-) You have to love those “spousal units” ! Today marks our 43rd year of “matrimonial bliss” …LOL. Sounds like you’re like me and married your best friend !


Level 4

Super cool!


Level 5

Calendar coins can be nice.


Level 6

A blog worth reading. You have a great wife.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I like the Reverse Cameo of the Queen Mum too!


Level 5

Cool coin! It's a blessing to have a wife that knows just what it takes to make her husband happy! (And, of course, vice versa! ;) ) You guys rock!

Long Beard

Level 5

Foreign countries produce much better and more unique commemoratives than the United States. Putting out decent packaging seems to be a major task here. This Canadian specimen is a prime example of what a mint/collector relationship should be.


Level 5

I absolutely love snakes and reptiles and amphibians in general. My brother @thatcoinguy has a snake and I just got an axolotl. Great coin!


Level 5

SNAKES! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍


Level 6

Beautiful design! Enjoyed your interesting blog as well!... Perfect for a reptile guy! ; )

It's Mokie

Level 6

That is a beauty Cuz, you are truly blessed to have an Esposa that appreciates, supports, and participates in, this great hobby. Your Snake ROCKS!!!!!


Level 7

Great coin your lucky to get one. They have cut back also. Its a beauty and there quality is great. Even the coin vault is selling the few coins they came out with. I like the Greek key around it. Nice pick up. You have a good eye!!Even for a 2013!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Four nine fine is mighty fine! A wonderful design and a great addition to your collection.... Thanks for sharing it. I know where you can get a Commonwealth cousin that weighs in at a kilo and was minted in Perth!

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