British Chinese Lunar Calendar Coins
The UK's Royal Mint started issuing coins based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar in 2014, with the Year of the Horse. The coins make up the Shengxiao Collection.
Attractive Gold Bullion Coin Series
The design on the coins changes each year to show the lunar animal and so far all the coins have been designed by British designer, Wuon-Gean Ho.
Until 2016 the coins featured the Ian Rank-Broadley fourth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This was updated from the 2016 coin to feature the fifth portrait, by Jody Clark.
The coins are issued in 0.999 fine gold and are available in 1oz sizes.
|Size||Face Value||Diameter (mm)||Weight (g)||Alloy (per 1000)||Gold Content (g)||Gold Content (tr oz)|
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on a 12 year cycle, each year in the cycle is associated with a different animal. The Perth Mint in Australia also have a lunar coin series, and started issuing the coins, in gold and silver, in 1996.
Dates and Symbols
|2019||Pig - Boar|
|2020||Rat - Mouse|
Read more about the lunar calendar collection here.