One of the first nations to respond to the popularity of lunar-themed coins following the Perth Mint’s introduction of the concept was Britain. The Royal Mint of England released the Shengxiao Series in 2014 with lunar-themed designs in silver and gold bullion. While the collection offers collectible proofs as well, the 1 oz gold and silver coins are the backbone of the series for investors. Today, 2020 1 oz Gold British Lunar Year of the Rat Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside of a protective capsule!
- Seventh coin released in the Shengxiao Series!
- Mintage limited to 8,888 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- The face value of 100 (GBP) is fully backed by the British government.
- A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is found on the obverse.
- There is a rat foraging amidst foliage on the reverse.
- PJ Lynch created the reverse artwork.
The Shengxiao Series debuted from the Royal Mint of England in 2014. The series uses stylized reverse artwork to capture each of the 12 different animals on the Zodiac. Through the initial five design releases, Wuon-Gean Ho created the reverse imagery for the series. The 2019 Year of the Pig marked the first release in which Ms. Ho was not the artist behind the series. The 2020 Year of the Rat design is just the second in the series not created by Ms. Ho, with PJ Lynch offering a fresh take on lunar designs for the mint in 2020.
All of the 2020 1 oz Gold British Lunar Year of the Rat Coins in this release come with individual protective capsules from the mint. The individual coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The number eight is considered lucky in Chinese culture, as is the gift of money during the Lunar New Year. The combination of eight in the mintage figures and the use of lunar designs on bullion coinage makes the Shengxiao Series the perfect purchase.
On the obverse of 2020 Gold British Lunar Year of the Rat Coins is Queen Elizabeth II. In this fifth-generation right-profile portrait, Her Majesty is shown at the age of 89 wearing the Royal Diadem crown. Jody Clark created this design in July 2015 for the Royal Mint.
The reverse of 2020 1 oz Gold British Lunar Year of the Rat Coins includes the depiction of a rat moving through a field to forage. The rat has its head raised and is sniffing the air as if trying to detect a possible threat by its scent.
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