Year of the Monkey coins are coming thick and fast and as usual, are appearing in the usual wide range of formats. From clean-struck gold and silver, through antique and gilded finishes, and on to being adorned with everything from jade to agate, lunar coins range from tiny silver fractionals up to 10kg behemoths. One of the most popular formats is the coloured silver coin with a large proportion of the mints releasing lunar coins having an entrant in the field.

Just because they’re popular doesn’t mean the genre is artistically stagnant. JVP’s new release is a good case in point, a fresh and dynamic design, beautifully presented as all JVP coins are, and reasonably priced. This is the third in the series from the Berlin-based coin producer, the horse and goat following a similar artistic style, but not reaching the level of quality here, in our opinion of course.

Only 1,500 of the ‘Fire Monkey’ coins will be struck, and they’re apparently shipping from early December.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

The Monkey (猴) is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. Chinese Astrology is a prediction theory using Yin-Yang Five Elements. The astrological birth chart built by Chinese Astrology Calendar is a combination chart of Yin-Yang Five Elements and 12 animals. Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. Twelve animal are Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat, Oxen, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon and Snake. All animal signs can be converted into Five Elements. Therefore, every birth chart has its own Five Element weights. Chinese Astrology use Yin Yang balance theory to predict people’s fortune. The Fire Monkey is the most active and aggressive of the Monkeys. Naturally dominant, he automatically gravitates towards leadership roles and is competitive in whatever he is doing. He will need to be careful not to let this turn into toxic jealousy. In general though, the Fire Monkey is flamboyant and charmingly friendly, and has a large social circle.

REVERSE: This depicts a powerful image of stunning goat, captured mid stride in high quality colour. Sunken into this image is the Chinese character for Goat. This image is set against a mirror finish background and encircled by an ornately engraved border design including the words 2016 Year of the Monkey.

OBVERSE: This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

PACKAGING: The 2015 Year of the Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin is packaged inside an elegant, wooden luxury, lacquered coin box. This sits inside a nice case, matching the colour of the monkey on this coin. The Certificate of Authenticity is displayed inside the inner packaging.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NIUE 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF 1,500 YES / YES
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