One Ounce Fine Gold UK ‘Year of the Mouse/Rat’ Coin, 2020
- Limited edition coin dated 2020
- Price inclusive of insured delivery
- Price excluding VAT
- Each 1oz gold Lunar Rat contains one troy ounce (31.1035 grams) of 999.9 fine gold
- Legal tender in the UK, CGT exempt (UK)
- UK Government assurance of weight and purity
- The number eight, believed to be lucky in Chinese culture, is incorporated in each mintage
- Face value: £100.00 (GBP)
- Single coins will be supplied in Royal Mint hard plastic capsules, multiples of 20 will be sent in plastic sealed rolls.
- Bleyer Bullion is an authorised retailer of Royal Mint products
The latest release in The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào Collection is the 2020 Lunar Year of the Rat. Combining centuries of Chinese tradition with British minting craftsmanship, the collection celebrates the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, or Shēngxiào, and their distinctive characteristics and qualities.
Continuing the success of the collection, we are excited to reveal a new bullion coin in the series. In Chinese culture, the rat is thought of as a godly creature, capable of helping humans by predicting natural disasters like earthquakes. The rat is portrayed on a new, secure, micro-dot texture, against a backdrop of peonies, one of China’s best-loved owers. Peonies are a common theme in ancient Chinese artwork. These beautiful owers symbolise wealth, good fortune, prosperity and happiness.
People born under this sign are said to be intelligent, adaptable and optimistic.
About the Royal Mint’s Shengxiào (Lunar) Series
The Royal Mint is a national treasure, making beautifully crafted coins and medals for countries all over the world. Over a thousand years of craftsmanship and artistry ensures every piece they strike is a long-lasting piece of history.
The Royal Mint’s Lunar Shēngxiào coin collection was launched in 2014 and celebrates wonderful Chinese traditions in a unique fusion of Chinese and British heritage. Each coin features contemporary designs of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
The lunar calendar plays a significant role in Chinese culture, helping people choose auspicious days for notable events in their lives, such as a wedding day. It also sets out auspicious dates, including Chinese New Year. During these celebrations gifts in red envelopes are often given to family, friends and colleagues symbolising love, luck and good fortune. The coins of The Shēngxiào Collection are a continuation of this ancient gift-giving tradition.
|2014||Horse||Gold – Silver|
|2015||Sheep||Gold – Silver|
|2016||Monkey||Gold – Silver|
|2017||Rooster||Gold – Silver|
|2018||Dog||Gold – Silver|
|2019||Pig||Gold – Silver|
|2020||Rat||Gold – Silver|
|2021||Oxen||Not yet released|
|2022||Tiger||Not yet released|
|2023||Rabbit||Not yet released|
|2024||Dragon||Not yet released|
|2025||Snake||Not yet released|
The Royal Mint is listed as an active Good Delivery Refiner by the London Bullion Market Association.
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