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.