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British Chinese Lunar Calendar Coins

Attractive Gold Bullion Coin Series

The UK's Royal Mint started issuing coins based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar in 2014, with the Year of the Horse. The coins make up the Shengxiao Collection.

The design on the coins changes each year to show the lunar animal and so far all the coins have been designed by British designer, Wuon-Gean Ho.

Until 2016 the coins featured the Ian Rank-Broadley fourth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This was updated from the 2016 coin to feature the fifth portrait, by Jody Clark.

The coins are issued in 0.999 fine gold and are available in 1oz sizes.

SizeFace ValueDiameterWeightAlloyGold Content Gold Content
  mms.Grams/1.000GramsTroy Ounces
One Ounce£10032.69 31.2100 .999 31.1041.0000

Brief History

The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on a 12 year cycle, each year in the cycle is associated with a different animal. The Perth Mint in Australia also have a lunar coin series, and started issuing the coins, in gold and silver, in 1996.

Dates and Symbols

Date Animal
2014 Horse
2015 Sheep
2016 Monkey
2017 Rooster
2018 Dog
2019 Pig - Boar
2020 Rat - Mouse
2021 Ox
2022 Tiger
2023 Rabbit
2024 Dragon
2025 Snake

Please check our Standard Terms for Bullion Coins.

You may wish to use our Order Form UK
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Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10, Insured Shipping $20
Canada Airmail $15, Insured Shipping via Fedex $40
2015 Year of the Sheep
2015 Royal Mint Year of the Sheep
2014 Royal Mint Year of the Horse
2014 Royal Mint Year of the Horse
Australia Index
2016 Royal Mint Year of the Monkey
2016 Royal Mint Year of the Monkey


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