First Ever Chinese Lunar Coins Appear From Royal Mint

Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (Royal Mint image)A new series of coins is now available from the UK Royal Mint (www.royalmint.com) celebrating the Year of the Horse. These new strikes feature the same basic reverse image and appear in a variety of options ranging from a one ounce gold proof coin to a one ounce silver bullion coin.

In addition, these new coins also mark a first for the Royal Mint. This series breaks new ground as the first-ever United Kingdom legal tender Lunar coins.

"British Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho has been commissioned to create a dynamic and handsome design for the new coin.   An artist of Chinese descent who was born in the UK, she works in many disciplines including printmaking, animation, performance and artist’s books," describes the Royal Mint.  "The striking new coin combines elements from both British and Chinese heritage.  In the foreground of the design there is a powerful leaping horse, bringing to life the active characteristics of those born in the Year of the Horse – gregarious, charming, lively and strong.  Beneath the horse’s feet lies the famous Uffington Horse, a pre-historic white horse carved into the chalk hills of Oxfordshire."

Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof Coin (Royal Mint image)Newly available Year of the Horse Coins (and their current pricing )from the Royal Mint include:

  • Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £1950.00
  • Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof Coin - £450.00
  • Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK Tenth-Ounce Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin - £225.00
  • Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK One Ounce Silver Proof PNC - £90.00
  • Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin - £82.50

Each new release is struck from either 999.9 fine gold or in 999 fine silver. As mentioned earlier, other options will also appear from the Royal Mint as part of the Lunar series including bullion coins.

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the collector grade coins by contacting the Royal Mint via their website or by calling +44 (0)845 60 88 222 (UK), 1-866-519-7298 (USA) or 1-866-924-0861 (Canada). Bullion information is available by contacting bullionsales@royalmint.com or by telephone at 01443 235901.

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