Modern Chinese Varieties: 2001 Silver 50Y Snake

This is the 25th installment of our monthly column devoted to modern Chinese varieties.

This month's featured coin is a rectangular 5 oz silver lunar coin featuring the snake. Minted in Proof and dated 2001, these coins can be found with either a small “50”Y or large “50”Y on the reverse of the coin.



Here are photos of a 2001 S50Y Snake with the small “50” variety (Photos 1 & 2).

Reverse side of a 2001 S50Y Snake with small "50" (left) and close up of small "50" (right)
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Below are photos of the 2001 S50Y Snake with the large “50” variety (Photos 3 & 4).

Reverse side of a 2001 S50Y Snake with large "50" (left) and close up of large "50" (right)
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Both of these varieties share a common obverse (Photo 5).

Obverse side of a 2001 S50Y Snake
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Look for another interesting variety to be featured next month.


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