One of the most popular coin motifs of the 21st century has featured the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Nations from Australia and Canada to the United Kingdom have included creatures from the Zodiac on the face of gold and silver bullion coins. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep on the Chinese calendar, and the Royal Mint pays homage with a gold bullion coin featuring a depiction of two sheep. Right now you have the chance to buy one of these limited-edition 2015 ¼ oz Gold British Sheep coins from Silver.com in brilliant uncirculated condition.
- Contains 1/4 oz of .9999 pure gold.
- Minted at the Royal Mint in Great Britain.
- Features a Lunar Sheep design.
- Available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
The first Chinese Zodiac coins were struck earlier this century by the Perth Mint of Australia. In recent years, the program has expanded around the globe to include offerings from the Royal Mint in the United Kingdom. This year’s 2015 Year of the Sheep coin from the Mint is the first in the series from the UK to include a ¼ oz coin. Adding to the uniqueness of this particular product is the rarity of the coin itself, with an estimated maximum mintage of just 10,000 coins.
Wuon-Gean Ho, a British-born Chinese artist, designed the first coins in the Lunar series for the Royal Mint. His 2014 Year of the Horse design was so popular that he was again commissioned to work on the Year of the Sheep coin. The ¼ oz coins in this series are struck using .9999 gold and carry a face value of £25 (British Pounds).
On the reverse side of the coin is the image of two sheep, with the Chinese symbol for sheep visible in between the two animals. Engravings include “Year of the Sheep – 2015” and the weight, metal content, and purity of the coin. The obverse bears Ian Rank-Broadley’s right-profile portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Mint was first established in 886 as the London Mint. Today, it is one of the oldest facilities in the world, and is responsible for the production of commemorative and circulation currency for the nations of the United Kingdom.
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