2018 British Lunar Year of the Dog

Author: Lawrence Chard - Chairman and CEO

Published: 10 Sep 2017

Last Updated: 2 Feb 2023


New! The 2018 Year of the Dog coin from The Royal Mint is the latest in the British lunar series – the Shēngxiào Collection.

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Alternatively if your looking for gold lunar coins click here or for silver lunar coins click here.

2018 Royal Mint Year of the Dog Lunar Coins 

Introducing the 2018 Year of the Dog coin from the Royal Mint. This is the fifth coin in The Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection which was launched in 2014. The British lunar series has been well received by both coin collectors and investors.  


British Lunar Coins from The Shēngxiào Collection

Year of the Dog Design 

The reverse of the 2018 British lunar Year of the Dog coin features an engraving of a terrier, running with its ears back and its mouth open – we would have loved to see a lolling tongue! The background has a slightly speckled texture which rather makes it look as though the dog is running through some mud. The British lunar collection, designed by Wuon-Gean Ho, displays a fusion of Chinese culture with British tradition.  

Silver 2018 Year of the Dog Coin - Reverse

The obverse features a new guilloche background design which helps to prevent the small hairline scratches that were an issue with the first lunar coins from the Royal Mint.  

Silver 2018 Year of the Dog Coin - Obverse

Containing one troy ounce of either gold or silver, the gold coin is minted in 999.9 fineness and the silver coin is minted in 99.9 fineness. The coins are struck to an uncirculated finish and are sold at a low premium above the spot price for investment. This year the one ounce coins will be supplied in capsules which will protect your bullion from scratches or scuff marks. The gold coin is VAT free and both the silver and the gold coins are exempt from Capital Gains Tax.  This makes them particularly attractive for residents in the United Kingdom who are looking to invest in gold or silver bullion. 

The Chinese Lunar Calendar  

The Chinese lunar calendar is used by the Chinese community around the world. Although the Gregorian calendar is used for municipal purposes, the lunar calendar is used to arrange important dates such as festivals and weddings. There are twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, each one has individual characteristics and traits.

In 2018, we celebrate the Year of the Dog. The dog is Britain's favourite pet and people born in the Year of the Dog are typically loyal, hard-working, smart with a pawsitive attitude to life.  

Buy Lunar Coins 

We sell British lunar coins individually and with great value quantity discounts when you purchase the coins in bundlestubes of 10 or in monster boxes 

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British Lunar Silver Coin Bundle

Back Dated Lunar Coins 

Take advantage of the oppawtunity to purchase back dated lunar coins, visit our website for availability of the 2014 Horse2015 Sheep2016 Monkey and more recently, the 2017 Rooster. They won't be around furever. 

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