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Gold Lunar 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 gold lunar 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.
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1oz Gold Lunar Dog 2018

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The complete list of animals in the Chinese Zodiac can be found below:
  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig
Each coin is beautifully designed in 999.9 fine gold and available in several different sizes and denominations. Aside from the most popular 1oz gold lunar coin, they are also available in weights of 1/10oz, 5oz and 1 kilo. Gold Lunar coins are considered legal tender in the UK which means they are exempt from Capital Gains Tax , making them a popular coin with gold investors and bullion coin collectors. The standard 1oz lunar gold coin has a face value of £100 whilst other weights have a face value of £10, £500 and £1000 respectively.
The first Gold Lunar 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 craftmanship with ancient Chinese tradition, Lunar Coins make for 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. Lunar 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.
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2018 1oz Gold Lunar Dog Coin

The Gold Lunar Dog is the fifth Lunar design in the Royal Mint’s Shengxiao Collection.

This is a brand-new bullion finish coin, issued by the Royal Mint. Coins will be packaged loose for small quantities and orders of 10 or more may come in Royal Mint tubes.

If you would like to protect your coins further, these coin capsules fit perfectly.

This is a 1oz Gold Bullion Coin and contains 1 troy ounce of fine gold.

The coin is designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho and features a terrier on one side with the inscription ‘Year of the Dog 2018’ and the obverse has the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

Each coin also incorporates the number 8, which is a lucky number in Chinese tradition.

The face value of this coin is £100 and there is limited mintage of 8,888 coins. As this coin is legal UK tender, it is not liable to Capital Gains Tax on any profits made from its sale.

If you’re interested in buying silver coins too, the Lunar Dog is also issued as a silver bullion coin.

2018 Year of the Dog

Following on from the year of the Fire Rooster, the Chinese year of the Dog will start on February 16th 2018 and will end on February 4th 2019.

The Dog is the 11th zodiac sign of the 12 in the Chinese cycle.

People who are born under this sign are seen as having excellent manners, make and keep friends easily, work hard, are very romantic and make loyal partners.

Each Chinese zodiac year is also associated with an element and 2018 is Earth. This makes 2018 an Earth Dog Year.

The other elements are metal, wood, water and fire.

Our Expert Opinion

The Gold Lunar Dog ticks virtually every box for investors and collectors alike.

The Royal Mint have become far more savvy over the past 5 years in coming up with fantastic new coin concepts which they know will hold global demand. For coin collectors, the coin appeals as its mintage is extremely limited and it is part of a 12 part set. The fact that the coin is made from 24 carat gold rather than the Mint’s previously preferred purity of 22 carats (featured on the Sovereign and pre-2013 Britannias), means the Lunar Series will receive huge demand from Asia who obsess over 999.9 purity gold. With the theme combining the Chinese zodiac with the British monarch, the ever-growing Chinese market will snap up these coins.

Gold investors will also benefit from the limited issue and global appeal. The fact that the coins have a face value and therefore qualify as UK legal tender, will also provide tax efficiency for those seeking a cost effective investment. If you’re looking for tax free coins at the lowest possible purchase price, rather than considering the possible enhanced upside potential a limited issue coin presents, then buying Gold Britannias can achieve this.