Lunar Gold Coins
Lunar gold coins are a series of bullion coins first launched by the Royal Mint in 2014. A new coin is released each year and features a design depicting animals from the Chinese Zodiac associated with that particular lunar year. The Royal Mint Lunar gold coin series is aimed specifically at UK audiences and will be a 12-coin series collection featuring all 12 animals from the Chinese Zodiac when all the coins have been issued.
The complete list of animals in the Chinese Zodiac can be found below: The complete list of animals in the Chinese Zodiac can be found below:
- Horse (2014)
- Sheep (2015)
- Monkey (2016)
- Rooster (2017)
- Dog (2018)
- Pig (2019)
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The first coin issued in 2014 celebrated the year of the horse and features a unique and beautifully engraved design created by Chinese artist Wuon Gean Ho. If you study the coin carefully you will notice that the horse depicted in the image is actually standing on the famous chalk carving of the Uffington Horse in Oxfordshire. It is this clever combination of Chinese culture and Britishness that makes these coins so special and one of the reasons they are so highly sought after by collectors. Wuon Gean Ho has gone on to create all of the coins subsequent designs including the year of the sheep coin, the year of the monkey and the year of the rooster. 2018’s coin celebrates the year of the dog and once again features a striking design created by Wuon Gean Ho. The obverse side of the coin depicts a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Jody Clarke of the Royal Mint.
Lunar coins are a celebration of multicultural Great Britain. Combining examples of the finest British craftsmanship with ancient Chinese tradition, they make fantastic gift ideas on all manner of occasions. Traditionally it is Chinese custom to exchange gifts of money or tokens on Chinese New Year. Sometimes these gifts are presented in a red envelope to wish the recipient good health and prosperity. These coins are an ideal gift to show a loved one you care this Chinese New Year. They are also perfect for birthdays and christenings, particularly if the person you’re buying for is born in the same lunar year as the coin. Whatever the occasion, Lunar Coins are a very special gift and one that will last a lifetime. Each coin comes complete with authentication papers and its own unique packaging.