THE BIG LUNAR GUNS ARRIVE: 2015 ROYAL CANADIAN RANGE REVEALED

The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) have a Lunar range at least as big as the Perth Mint, and arguably more varied in terms of design. While they don’t get involved in the Lunar bullion market like the Australian competition do to such great effect, their high-end commemorative proof range is quite superb. Offering different artwork at different sizes is a refreshing change and the RCM rarely disappoints when it comes to the quality of it.

The RCM is one of the few to call it the Year of the Sheep instead of the Year of the Goat and both titles are equally valid as, despite general western opinion, the lunar calendar is a Far-east Asian phenomena, not just a Chinese one. In Japan, it’s clearly known as the Year of the Sheep, in Vietnam equally clearly as the Year of the Goat, and in China, either translation is equally valid for the following reason. Wèi is identified with the yáng, which in Chinese means “A ruminant mammal, generally with horns on its head. Divided into a number of types, including shānyáng, miányáng, língyáng, etc. “. The latter three types translate as ‘mountain yang’ (goat), ‘cotton yang’ (sheep) and gazelle. The goat is the animal most popularly chosen to depict the Lunar year, but either is correct. Ironically in Korea, it’s more generally called the Year of the Ram. Whoever said translation was easy!!

Anyway, there are eight coins to enjoy this month, ranging in price from under $40 to almost $70,000, so never let it be said that the Ottawa-based mint doesn’t offer a coin for every pocket. You’ll see lots of eights in the prices as this is considered a lucky number in China, although for some reason, not on the one-kilo gold coin. I guess you’ve already had your fair share of luck if you have $69k to spend on a coin…

Every coin comes with a serialised Certificate of Authenticity and nice packaging. All are available for pre-order or purchase now and clicking the little ad-link at the page bottom will take you directly to the RCM shop and, hopefully, help out this site as well.

THE LOTUS LUNAR SERIES COIN 06

 

DESIGN: The coin captures the true essence of the Sheep’s character, and features a sheep and the Chinese symbol for sheep. It features a matte sheep design over a mirror background and is the 6th release from the 12 in this particular series

OPINION: What can I say? One of the best looking lunar ranges on the market, with artwork that seems tailored to the lotus shape of the coin. A must buy for me.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $15 DOLLARS
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER
WEIGHT 26.7 g
SIZE 38.0 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 18,888
REVERSE ARTIST THREE DEGREES CREATIVE GROUP
OBVERSE ARTIST SUSANNAH BLUNT
PACKAGING SILVER SATIN CASE
PRICE $98.88

YEAR OF THE SHEEP ABORIGINAL STYLE SILVER

 

DESIGN: The coin features a sheep on a hill top, a sunset and the Chinese symbol for Sheep.

OPINION: We think this one is pretty cool. It’s an unusual art-style, but an effective one.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $15 DOLLARS $150 DOLLARS
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER 0.750 GOLD
WEIGHT 31.39 g 11.84
SIZE 38.0 mm 28.0 mm
FINISH PROOF PROOF
MINTAGE 18,888 2,500
REVERSE ARTIST ARIES CHEUNG ARIES CHEUNG
OBVERSE ARTIST SUSANNAH BLUNT SUSANNAH BLUNT
PACKAGING SILVER SATIN CASE GOLD SATIN CASE
PRICE $98.88 $688.88

YEAR OF THE SHEEP ONE-KILO RANGE

 

DESIGN: The reverse image by Canadian artist Three Degrees Creative captures the true essence of the sheep’s character.

OPINION: Strong and clean design, the silver being beautifully done. Big premiums are the only negative or I’d have the silver myself.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $250 DOLLARS $2,500 DOLLARS
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER 0.9999 GOLD
WEIGHT 1,000 g 1,000 g
SIZE 102.1 mm 101.6 mm
FINISH PROOF COLOURED PROOF
MINTAGE 388 10
REVERSE ARTIST THREE DEGREES CREATIVE GROUP THREE DEGREES CREATIVE GROUP
OBVERSE ARTIST SUSANNAH BLUNT SUSANNAH BLUNT
PACKAGING SILVER SATIN CASE GOLD SATIN CASE
PRICE $2,288.88 $69,000.00

YEAR OF THE SHEEP SMALL COIN RANGE

 

DESIGN: The coin features a detailed depiction of a Bighorn sheep, which is native to Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Here, the sheep is viewed in three-quarter profile, which affords the viewer a close look at its distinctively long, spiral horns. An artistic rendering of bamboo–a symbol of longevity–fills the background. The Chinese character yang, meaning “sheep” or “goat,” appears below the sheep’s shoulder to represent the Year of the Sheep.

OPINION: Great design, nice and busy, especially the gold for the size.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $10 DOLLARS $5 DOLLARS
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER 0.9999 GOLD
WEIGHT 15.87 g 3.14 g
SIZE 38.0 mm 16.0 mm
FINISH PROOF SPECIMEN
MINTAGE 22,888 2,888
REVERSE ARTIST SIMON NG SIMON NG
OBVERSE ARTIST SUSANNAH BLUNT SUSANNAH BLUNT
PACKAGING MAROON CLAMSHELL CASE MAROON CLAMSHELL CASE
PRICE $39.88 $278.88

YEAR OF THE SHEEP COLOURED SILVER

 

DESIGN: The reverse image features an artistic rendering of a Bighorn sheep – a native of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The use of colour showcases the sheep’s beautiful brown colouring. Nestled within the curl of the sheep’s distinctive spiral horn, the Chinese character yang (meaning “sheep” or “goat”) denotes the Year of the Sheep.

OPINION: One of the weaker designs but still a good one, a testament to the high standard this year, especially considering it’s a difficult animal to design for.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 DOLLARS
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER
WEIGHT 23.17 g
SIZE 36.07 mm
FINISH PROOF COLOURED
MINTAGE 8,888
REVERSE ARTIST SIMON NG
OBVERSE ARTIST SUSANNAH BLUNT
PACKAGING MAROON CLAMSHELL CASE & BLACK BEAUTY BOX
PRICE $74.95
By | 2016-11-05T06:33:13+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Coloured, Gold, Silver, Canada, Royal Canadian Mint|1 Comment

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  1. […] than a year, with just the odd set taking two years, but there have been exceptions. The superb Lotus Lunar range was available as a subscription and that one will take twelve years to complete. At present, […]

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