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.