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2015 Royal Mint One ounce Year of the Sheep Coin

The Year of the Sheep coin is the second in the series of Royal Mint lunar coins. We received our first delivery on 18th September, 2014.

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Royal Mint Lunar Coins

Possibly influenced by the success of the Perth Mint's lunar series, the Royal Mint started producing their own lunar coins in 2014, with the Year of the Horse. Available in both gold and silver versions, the coins have proved to be a quite popular with both investors and collectors.

As British legal tender, these coins have the added bonus of being CGT Free.

Sheep or Goat?

Whilst the Perth Mint have decided to use the "Year of the Goat", the Royal Mint are using the "Year of the Sheep". Both animals are recognised as the 8th in the lunar cycle, however most people would class the goat as being the main animal. It could be that the Royal Mint are using the "year of the sheep" so that they can differentiate their 2015 lunar coins from the Perth Mint's.

Year of the Sheep

The sheep (or goat) is the 8th animal in the lunar cycle. It is seen as particularly lucky as the number 8 symbolises peace and prosperity in Chinese culture. The sheep is also thought to bring harmony and growth.



Like last years design, the coin brings together both Chinese and British influences. The reverse of the coin was designed by Wuon-Gean, who took her inspiration from the Swaledale Sheep, which are often found on the hillsides of the Peak District.

The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen.

Proof Version

It is unlikely the Royal Mint will offer a trade discount on the proof version of the coin, meaning we will not be able to offer a reasonable discount when compared to the Royal Mint's price. For this reason, we will likely only stock the coin once it becomes available on the secondary market.


The coins are supplied to us in tubes of 10 and unless ordered in multiples of 10, will not be sent in them. We can provide capsules for the coins at 50p each.

Technical Specifications

SizeFace ValueDiameterWeightAlloyGold Content Gold Content
  mms.Grams/1.000GramsTroy Ounces
One Ounce £10032.69 31.21 .99931.1041.0000

Prices & Availability


2014 Year of the Horse
2016 Year of the Monkey


Postage & Packing

UK at Buyer's Risk £3.50 per order, or...
UK Fully Insured £9 per order, plus £1 for every £1,000 spent
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail at Buyer's Risk $10 US, or...
USA Insured Shipping $20 US
Canada Airmail at Buyer's Risk $15 Can, or...
Canada Insured Shipping via Fedex $40 Can
Reverse of 2015 One Ounce Gold Bullion Year of the Sheep Coin

Reverse of 2015 One Ounce Gold Bullion Year of the Sheep Coin

Obverse of 2015 One Ounce Gold Bullion Year of the Sheep Coin

Obverse of 2015 One Ounce Gold Year of the Sheep Coin

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