NEW RELEASE: THE ROYAL MINT HORSES GATECRASH THE LUNAR MARKET *UPDATE*

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It was inevitable. Everyone and their (year of the) dog has a lunar coin in their product range and now the Royal Mint does as well.

It’s a single design, available in gold and silver, and in a tight range of sizes, just 1oz and 5oz silver, and 1/10oz and 1oz gold. They’re certainly not the cheapest coins on the market, but none of the mintages break 10,000, so collectability will certainly be high. The design isn’t groundbreaking, being a mix of realistic and stylistic, neither one nor the other, but it’s attractive. The subject matter and first-ever status will make this a seller we believe. Packaging, in typical Royal Mint style, is elegant and understated. The only caveat seems to be the 1/10thoz gold being pricey, yet only BU quality, not a proof.

Available for pre-order now.

*UPDATE*  There are to be 30,000 gold 1oz bullion and 300,000 silver 1oz bullion coins as well. Good news now that the Britannia has a static design

 

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THE ROYAL MINT LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER UK CHINESE LUNAR COINS

The Royal Mint announced today that is has created the first-ever United Kingdom legal tender Lunar coins, lending a uniquely British angle to an ancient Chinese tradition. 

The ShēngxiàoCollection, named to honour the Chinese zodiac is the perfect way to wish good luck and fortune to its recipients, and the first coin available in the new series will celebrate the forthcoming Lunar Year of the Horse.

British Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho has been commissioned to create a dynamic and handsome design for the new coin.   An artist of Chinese descent who was born in the UK, she works in many disciplines including printmaking, animation, performance and artist’s books. This is the first design Wuon-Gean Ho has produced for The Royal Mint.

The striking new coin combines elements from both British and Chinese heritage.  In the foreground of the design stands a powerful leaping horse, bringing to life the active characteristics of those born in the Year of the Horse – gregarious, charming, lively and strong.  Beneath the horse’s feet lies the famous Uffington Horse, a pre-historic white horse carved into the chalk hills of Oxfordshire. 

The new design will feature on a number of different coins, made from either 999.9 fine gold or in 999 fine silver.  The range includes a Tenth-ounce Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin, a One Ounce Gold Proof Coin and a One Ounce Gold Bullion coin.  In silver, there is the One Ounce Silver Proof Coin, a Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin and a One Ounce Silver Bullion Coin. 

All the Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof coins are limited editions with each issue including the lucky number eight.  In total, 8,888 coins have been created.  Prices range from £57.50 for the Silver One Ounce Bullion Coin through to £1,950 for the One Ounce Gold Proof Coin.

Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “The Royal Mint has celebrated moments of national and cultural significance for over 1,000 years.  Given our own lengthy heritage, we felt we were uniquely placed to apply our craftsmanship and artistic skills to another centuries-old tradition, that of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year.

 “Our new Lunar series will allow The Royal Mint to build on a hugely successful Olympic programme in Asia, and we hope that it becomes the perfect way to wish luck and prosperity to a loved one, to continue the tradition of exchanging gifts at the Lunar New Year or to simply spark an interesting collection.”

 Designer of the first coin in the series, Wuon-Gean Ho says, “I wanted the design to draw upon my British and Chinese heritage, as my parents are from Malaysia and Singapore and I was raised in the UK. Although I am involved in the arts now, studying anatomy and closely observing animals for my degree in Veterinary Medicine was good training for this project. The Uffington Horse is part of Britain’s history as well as mine, as I grew up in Oxfordshire close to this famous chalk monument.”

Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK Five Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Denomination

£10

Issue Limit

1,488

Alloy

999 fine silver

Weight

156.295g

Diameter

65.00mm

Reverse Designer

Wuon-Gean Ho

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Quality

Proof

 

Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Denomination

£2

Issue Limit

8,888

Alloy

999 fine silver

Weight

31.21g

Diameter

38.61mm

Reverse Designer

Wuon-Gean Ho

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Quality

Proof

Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

£100

Issue Limit

888

Alloy

999 fine gold

Weight

31.21g

Diameter

32.69mm

Reverse Designer

Wuon-Gean Ho

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Quality

Proof

 

Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK Tenth-ounce Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

£10

Issue Limit

2,888

Alloy

999 fine gold

Weight

3.13g

Diameter

16.50mm

Reverse Designer

Wuon-Gean Ho

Obverse Designer

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

THE ROYAL MINT

 

 

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