2013 Niue Lunar Year of the Snake: The Snakebite

2013 Niue Lunar Year of the Snake: The Snakebite

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Historically, snakebites were seen as a means of execution in some cultures. In medieval Europe, a form of capital punishment was to throw people into snake pits, leaving victims to die from multiple venomous bites. A similar form of punishment was common in Southern Han during China’s Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period and in India.  Snakebites were also used as a form of suicide, most notably by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII, who reportedly died from the bite of an asp—likely an Egyptian cobra after hearing of Mark Antony’s death.

  • Country: Niue
  • Issuing year: 2013
  • Face Value: 1 Dollar
  • Metal: Copper, silver plated
  • Diameter: 38.61mm
  • Weight: 20 grams
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Condition: Proof Like (PL)
  • Mintage: 1,500 coins