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2019 YEAR OF THE PIG: A GUIDE TO THE GOLD & SILVER LUNAR COINS

Our fifth lunar coin guide, the Year of the Pig (or Boar) will cover as close to all of the precious metal lunar coins that we can get information on. We’re not covering base-metal, or modified (coloured or plated) silver bullion coins – as is the case at AgAuNEWS in general. Previous guides have been the 2014 Horse and 2015 Goat, following, after missing the monkey, with a much improved format for the 2017 Rooster and 2018 Dog. This will be our primary lunar coin news source and we’ll post updates on the main news feed to let you know about new additions

Starting on 5th February 2019 and running until 25 January 2019, the Year of the Brown Earth Pig is said to represent people that are artistic, refined, intuitive, intelligent, and well-mannered. Famous pigs have included Lucille Ball, Ernest Hemingway, Mahalia Jackson, Albert Schweitzer, Julie Andrews and Ronald Reagan. Along with the Rabbit and Goat, Pigs are thought to have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other nine signs.

The Pig belongs to the Fourth Trine of the Chinese zodiac, along with the Rabbit, and the Goat. It is also said that the relationship between these three archetypes work best as they strive for aestheticism, beauty, and a more philosophical, and intellectual approach in life. Their calm nature gives them great leadership abilities. These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive love. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathetic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic. Personally, it sounds as if someone is hedging their bets and covering all the bases, just like astrology, but then most aren’t as cynical as a snake like me…

As the last animal in the lunar cycle, there are a few series finishing this year, the most obvious being the Perth Mint’s super-popular Lunar Series II. For others that didn’t start in the year the cycle kicked off, it’s business as usual and they maintain their own internal 12-year cycle, which is fine. The choice of designs and sizes has little equal in the numismatic world, going from tiny 0.5 gram minigolds up to coins 40,000 times that size, with ranges encompassing both gold and silver. We’ll continually add new coins as they’re released and we expect that to be happening until mid-2019.

CHANGELOG

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR PIG

2019 is the Lunar Year of the Pig, under the Earth element, the final sign of the twelve-year lunar cycle. This magnificent and exclusive silver proof coin depicts the auspicious nature of the Year of the Pig with a happy, optimistic pig holding a lucky Chinese coin representing Lu, or wealth. A fortunate collectable piece or a lucky gift for 2019 or anyone born under the sign of the Pig

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 11.66 g (TBC) 25.00 mm PROOF TBC
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF 3,000
$10 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g (TBC) 65.10 mm PROOF TBC
$30 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 1000 g 99.95 mm PROOF 100

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR PIG GOLD

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$25 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.69 mm PROOF 1,000

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II SILVER BULLION

The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be honest, loyal, sincere and generous, with a calm temperament.

REVERSE: features a representation of a domesticated or pet pig, which are typically pink with black markings, along with four piglets, amid stylised foliage. The Chinese character for ‘pig’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Pig’ appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 KG $300 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 10,001 g 221.0 mm B/UNC 100
1 KG $30 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 1,000 g 100.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
10 OZ $10 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 311.1 g 85.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
5 OZ $8 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
2 OZ $2 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 62.2 g 55.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1 OZ $1 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 31.1 g 45.60 mm B/UNC 300,000
1/2 OZ $0.5 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 15.5 g 36.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II GOLD BULLION

The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be honest, loyal, sincere and generous, with a calm temperament.

REVERSE: features a representation of a domesticated or pet pig, which are typically pink with black markings, amid stylised rocks and foliage including a peony flower. The Chinese character for ‘pig’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Pig’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1 KG $3,000 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 1000.1 g 100.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
10 OZ $1,000 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 311.1 g 75.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
2 OZ $200 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 62.2 g 41.10 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1 OZ $100 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 31.1 g 39.34 mm B/UNC 30,000
1/2 OZ $50 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 15.55 g 30.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1/4 OZ $25 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 22.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1/10 OZ $15 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 3.11 g 18.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1/20 OZ $5 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 1.55 g 14.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD

MDM DEUTSCHE MOTHER OF PEARL PIG

The eighth coin in this lunar series to be released, these are higher end numismatics of five ounces in weight, the gold especially so. The highlight feature here is the center section of the reverse face, which is carved from mother of pearl. The effect is pretty well done and the choice of pink is pretty appropriate given the subject.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$25 COOK ISLANDS 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / INSERT 888
$200 COOK ISLANDS 0.999 GOLD 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / INSERT 25

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT LOTUS LUNAR GOLD

Designed by Three Degrees Creative Group, the scallop-edged coin offers a pleasing profile portrait of the smiling Pig. This depiction highlights the animal’s traditional character and associations in Chinese astrology: friendship, courage, confidence, and resourcefulness. In this treatment, the happy-go-lucky Pig is surrounded by a semi-circle of lovely good-luck blossoms. In the polished field above the central image is the Chinese character for “pig.”

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.  Your coin is encapsulated and housed in a gold satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2,500 CANADIAN 0.9999 GOLD 1,000 g 120.0 mm PROOF 10

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT YEAR OF THE PIG

Designed by Canadian artist Aries Cheung, your coin depicts the ever-positive Pig smiling under a raincloud. The image captures the essence of the animal’s character: courageous, resourceful, and confident no matter what it faces. Neither rain nor storm can keep a Pig down; they greet adversity with a smile and the will to forge ahead! Stylized swirls reminiscent of the animal’s corkscrew tail lend the image charm and movement. The Pig is flanked by the Chinese character for ‘pig.’

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$150 CANADIAN 0.750 GOLD 11.84 g 28.0 mm PROOF 1,500

MDM DEUTSCHE PEARL PIG

Another series from German dealer MDM and one also in its eighth year, this series is distinguished by a small central pearl, in the case of the 2019 coin, a pink freshwater one. Like previous years the animals, this year a pair of facing papercut pigs, are highlighted with 24kt gold. They come in a box with a certificate.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 FIJI 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF / INSERT 8,888

MDM DEUTSCHE JADE PIG

The eighth release in the current Lunar Cycle, these are produced by large German dealer MDM. This is now the seventh year that this attractive series, again from MDM, has been released. The highlight feature here is a Burmese jade ring carrying gilded lettering in English and Chinese. In the centre sits a gilded representation of a pig in a realistic style. The border carries an alternating mix of stylised pigs and patterns, all in what MDM term a ‘papercut-style”.. The coin is two ounces in weight and has the nicely detailed emblem of the The Lao People’s Democratic Republic on the obverse.

Burmese Jade, called Jadeite, is considered the finest in the world and believed precious in China back as far as the 13th century. It was used for hardstone carving as far back as 6,000B.C. The various varieties of Jade have had a great cultural significance for thousands of years.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
2,000 KIP 0.999 SILVER 62.2 g 55.00 mm PROOF / INSERT 2,888

SINGAPORE MINT SILVER LUNAR PIG

Here’s a series that is coming to an end after running the full course of the twelve year lunar cycle.A series with a style of its own, these are hugely popular and are often over-subscribed to the point that a ballot system is used to choose buyers. Quite unique-looking, the range is relatively small with just two silver (1oz, 5oz) and one gold (¼ oz) available. What will happen next year is not yet known, but it’s likely that a whole new style will appear. A beautiful box that holds all twelve one-ounce silver coins has been made available for purchase by the Singapore Mint.

The obverse side of the coin features a lively and robust pig accompanied by elegant blooms of hydrangeas. Round and in full bloom, hydrangeas portray abundance and prosperity as they are made up of a burst of smaller delicate flowers.

The reverse side features the Na Tcha Temple, which is located within the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1888, it is a Chinese traditional temple that worships the deity Na Tcha. The temple is located near the Ruins of St. Paul’s, presenting a mix of Western and Chinese ideals. It portrays the unique multicultural identity of Macau and its religious freedom.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
20 PATACAS 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.7 mm PROOF / COLOUR 8,000
100 PATACAS 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 2,000

SINGAPORE MINT GOLD LUNAR PIG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
250 PATACAS 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.96 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

CIT COIN INVEST DIMENSIONAL SMARTMINTED PIG

Now CIT are no strangers to the dimensional coin market. It’s still a fledgling one with few players, but it’s hard to deny the Liechtenstein-based producer is the best out there at designing them, or that BH Mayer strike them better than anyone else. Case in point is this new debut lunar. Called the Jolly Silver Pig, it’s shaped like our best friend (at least until someone rediscovers T-Rex bacon…) and is decorated with multiple floral patterns. Impressively, the obverse side isn’t just a flat face, but continues the dimensional nature of the reverse to form something that will quite happily stand freely.

These coins are never what you would call bargain basement issues, but the weight has been kept to a sensible one-ounce, so it should be relatively affordable compared to something bigger. Provided in a good-looking red box.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
1,000 TOGROG 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 33.0 mm ANTIQUE 999

CIT COIN INVEST GILDED DIMENSIONAL SMARTMINTED PIG

Newly added to the range, this is physically identical to the silver version released earlier except it’s gilded instead of antique-finished. The mintage iis down to 888 from 999 as well.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
1,000 TOGROG 0.999 SILVER (GILDED) 31.1 g 33.0 mm SILK 888

COIN INVEST TRUST COIN NOTE

Also released at the same time is an addition to CIT’s coin note range that takes the pig design of the dimensional coin to the other extreme by being about as flat as you can get a piece of silver. Despite being 150 x 70 mm in size, it weighs just five grams. If you’ve seen one of CIT’s Skyline Dollars, or one of the NZ Mints numerous popular culture ranges, you’ll know what to expect.

Basically, we’re talking about a banknote made of fine silver, sealed in acrylic, and with a certificate of authenticity part of the obverse design. The release of coin notes has accelerated hugely so far in 2018, so we should soon find out if they’ve become a hit with collectors or not.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
1,000 TOGROG 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 150.0 x 70.0 mm PROOFLIKE 5,000

COIN INVEST TRUST MINIGOLD PIG

Nobody has done more to popularise this format than CIT and they release a great selection every year. While only 11 mm in diameter, modern minting techniques mean they can hold a surprising amount of detail for their size. That seems to be an understatement this time, as the baby lunar holds an extraordinary amount of detail. If minigold coins are your thing, this doesn’t look like it will disappoint.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
1,000 TOGROG 0.9999 GOLD 0.5 g 11.0 mm PROOF 5,000

DOWNIES GILDED FIVE-OUNCE

A fine design from Downies for the latest in their much sought after series of gilded five-ounce silver lunars. Each is struck to a high relief with plenty of detail and realism. Prices on early issues rose very quickly, but they seem to have settled down over the last couple of years.

The serial number on the certificate is reproduced on the edge of the coin. The obverse, as you’d expect from Niue, is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Nicely packaged and limited to 500 pieces, we think these are amongst the best of this years crop of coins, although at $525.00 AUD, not for everyone.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
$8 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF GILDED 500

MINT OF POLAND LUCKY LUNAR

The latest in the lucky lunar range from the Mennica Polksa carries on with the previous theme and design. On the border are a ‘lucky’ seven paw prints in place of last years rooster feathers. A well realised dog portrait is framed by an inscription filled border.

The coin is nicely boxed with a certificate of authenticity, all in an attractive outer shipper. Price around $75. REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – relief image of a dog. In the upper part of the coin, along the rim – inscription: YEAR OF THE DOG 2018 (name of the coin and year of issue). In the bottom part of the coin, along the rim – decorative elements: seven golden paw prints. In the centre –Chinese logogram standing for the Year of the Dog

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below it – mint mark: m/w, hallmark: Ag 999. Along the rim – inscriptions separated by decorative dots: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer), 1 DOLLAR (face value), 2018 (year of issue).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 17.50 g 38.61 mm PROOF / GILDING 999

NEW ZEALAND MINT COLOURED BOAR

This Lunar Year of the Pig 1oz Silver Coin includes a strong earth-coloured image of a boar softened by floral motifs. The polished background features engraved flowers and rocks to represent the earth and signifying a steady wealth foundation. ‘Year of the Pig’ is engraved in English along with the Chinese character for pig.

This coin comes packaged in a high-quality contemporary-style Perspex inner case and elegant outer packaging, making this an ideal gift for those born in the Year of the Pig and Lunar coin collectors.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 10,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT DISNEY FOIL

 This stunning Disney 5g Silver Coin Note celebrates the Lunar Year of the Pig with the loveable Mickey Mouse. It comes in a complementary gift-style packaging and features an image of a grinning Mickey, a stylised pig and the Chinese character for pig, surrounded by delicate flora. This image has been reproduced from Disney’s Chinese Zodiac Animals collection.
The unique serial number in the mintage is printed on each coin note. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
$0.2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 5.0 g 150.0 x 70.0 mm BU / COLOUR 50,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT DISNEY PIG

 This Disney Lunar Year of the Pig 1oz Silver Coin features an engraved image of a grinning Mickey Mouse with a stylised pig, surrounded by delicate flora. This image has been reproduced from Disney’s Chinese Zodiac Animals collection. The Chinese character for pig is highlighted in red.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 10,000

AFRICAN LUNAR OUNCE

The third year of issue, these bullion coins maintain the heavily stylised design similar to mosaic or stained glass that has become the hallmark of the series. Available in 1oz silver and 1oz gold forms there is also a proof silver coin with a mintage of 1,000 pieces.

OBVERSE: Features a stylized Pig in the center of the coin. The inscriptions “Lunar Ounce”, “2019”, the Chinese sign for pig and the purity are listed along the rim.

REVERSE: Displays the official seal of Rwanda and the face value in Rwandan Francs

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
50 FRANCS RWF 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm B / UNC T.B.C.
100 FRANCS RWF 0.999 GOLD 31.1 g 40.0 mm B / UNC 188

TREASURES OF OZ MIRROR DOG

The latest in the Tokelau series of ‘Mirror’ lunar series coins, they clverly split the design so that one half of the reverse features a classic proof finish with a mirror table and frosted design while the other half is the mirror-opposite, with a frosted table and polished design.

These have a huge 65mm diameter which is far larger than the standard 40 mm you would expect of a 1oz pure silver round. Last years coin was struck in the UK at the private St.Pauls Mint, based in Birmingham, so we’d expect the same to be true this year given the coins unusual format.

The obverse features the basket-weave obverse with the traditional IRB effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The coins are dated 2019 and are limited to only 500 pieces.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$5 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 65.0 mm PROOF 500

ROYAL MINT SHENGXIAO LUNAR BULLION

The pig is the sixth design in the series, and is the twelfth and final sign of the Chinese zodiac, appearing once every 12 years. Harry Brockway, the coin’s designer, has ensured qualities of people born in the Year of the Pig are evident in his design.

Behind the sow, who is lying comfortably with her children who are feeding, is a countryside landscape at night, featuring a traditional country home. This design shows the generosity, compassion and diligence associated with people born in the Year of the Pig, and defines their relationships with those close to them. The country home signifies the trait of feeling calm, through the drowsy night sky and smoke emanating from the warm fire within the home

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
£100 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 31.21 g 32.69 mm BULLION 8,888
£2 UKP 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 38.61 mm BULLION 138,888

ROYAL MINT SHENGXIAO LUNAR PROOF RANGE

The pig is the sixth design in the series, and is the twelfth and final sign of the Chinese zodiac, appearing once every 12 years. Harry Brockway, the coin’s designer, has ensured qualities of people born in the Year of the Pig are evident in his design. Behind the sow, who is lying comfortably with her children who are feeding, is a countryside landscape at night, featuring a traditional country home. This design shows the generosity, compassion and diligence associated with people born in the Year of the Pig, and defines their relationships with those close to them. The country home signifies the trait of feeling calm, through the drowsy night sky and smoke emanating from the warm fire within the home.

People born in the Year of the Pig are known to be gentle, selfless and loyal. They also tend to be diligent, compassionate and generous.

The Shēngxiào Collection celebrates the wonderful, age-old Chinese customs of sharing gifts that symbolise love, luck and good fortune with family, friends and colleagues. The lunar calendar also sets out important dates for people to celebrate significant life events.

Every year since 2014, we have released another addition to The Shēngxiào Collection. This year sees a rare opportunity to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Coming around only once every 12 years, people born under this sign are believed to be loyal, generous and gentle; the design by Harry Brockway represents these traits and the cultural traditions behind the lunar calendar.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
£1000 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 1005.0 g 100.0 mm PROOF TBC
£500 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 156.29 g 50.0 mm PROOF 38
£100 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 31.21 g 32.69 mm PROOF 888
£10 UKP 0.9999 GOLD 31.21 g 32.69 mm B/UNC 1,088
£500 UKP 0.999 SILVER 1005.0 g 100.0 mm PROOF 38
£10 UKP 0.999 SILVER 156.29 g 65.0 mm PROOF 288
£2 UKP 0.999 SILVER 31.21 g 38.61 mm PROOF 3,888