The 2020 Year of the Rat Lunar 0.25 oz Ounce Gold Coins celebrate the first year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
These coins were issued as part of The Royal Mint's lunar Shēngxiào coin collection.
These coins are supplied loose. Protect your gold investment with a 23mm coin capsule ensuring your coin remains in great condition.
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The rat (or mouse) is actually the first animal in the lunar cycle. The Royal Mint did not start to produce lunar coins until 2014, with the Year of the Horse, so the rat is only mid-way through their series.
Those born under the Year of the Rat / Mouse are said to be successful, clever and content with living a quiet life. Other years of the rat include 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960 and 1948.
The obverse was designed by Jody Clark. It shows the fifth coinage effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
A legend reads:
· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 25 POUNDS ·
The reverse was designed by P.J. Lynch. It shows a rat amongst some foliage and bears an inscription which reads as:
YEAR OF THE RAT · 2020
1/4 OZ FINE GOLD 999.9
The designer said:
Rats are such intelligent creatures. I tried to reflect those qualities when I was making my designs for the Year of the Rat coin.
|Weight / Size
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces
|Fineness / Carat
|0.9999 / 24
|Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
|Mint / Brand
|The Royal Mint
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