The Royal Mint has launched its latest Shengxiao Lunar entrant and it’s for the 2022 Year of the Tiger. The ninth in the series to date, it’s actually the third release in their first full lunar cycle, at which point they also moved away artistically from the eclectic style employed by for the first six issues. As the first six were very divisive aesthetically, the move to a more traditional depiction was probably the right one.
David Lawrence has done the honours this time (the mint is mixing it up with the artists on this second journey through the lunar cycle) and it does a decent job of spanning the chasm between a natural look, and one done in the Chinese style, combining some elements of both. The design is pretty nice, to be honest. Not my favourite Tiger lunars, but neat enough.
No sign of the bullion versions yet, but they’ll no doubt be appearing shortly, so we have just the gold and silver proof range so far, covering sizes from 1/4oz up to a kilo. Four gold and three silver make up the selection on offer, all at the usual chunky Royal Mint prices which hit a peak with the 1kg gold at £67,500. The 1oz silver is £95, but then there’s a huge jump to £465 for the 5oz silver. Only the 1/4oz gold is under a grand, so not much is affordable for most of us.
A base metal, brilliant uncirculated coin is available for the casual collector, which comes in a neat information packed gatefold blistercard. All are well presented, something the Royal Mint does well, and all their precious metal coins come with a Certificate of Authenticity. The range should be available for sale from the Royal Mint at 9am UK time today, although we’ve yet to receive an update on the bullion coins. CONFIRMED – No bullion versions will be issued.