Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with this bullion-grade Chinese Lunar calendar coin available in gold and silver from Royal Mint Bullion.
The Royal Mint Lunar Range has been specifically designed to commemorate the Chinese Lunar calendar with contemporary designs celebrating the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
The Shengxiào Collection celebrates the 12-year Lunar calendar and its traditions. Fusing Chinese and British heritage, these coins follow the success of previous years’ coins, including the Horse and the Sheep.
For the first time, the 2016, Lunar Year of the Monkey 2016 1 oz bullion coin features the new fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark on its obverse.
What is the Chinese Lunar calendar?
The Chinese calendar is lunisolar. This means it’s based on exact astronomical observations of the sun’s longitude and the moon’s phases.
At the Chinese New Year, gifts and tokens are exchanged, particularly the gift of money in red envelopes, which symbolises good luck for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. The Royal Mint Bullion Lunar coins embrace this custom but with an added British twist.
Some interesting facts about the Chinese Lunar year:
- The calendar was charted back to Xia Dynasty (21st century BC – 16th century BC)
- The Chinese Lunar calendar is a 12-year cycle
- Each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig
- The lucky colours of the year of the Monkey are white, blue and gold
- Gold is a common gift on the Chinese New Year
- Red is considered particularly lucky
- The 2016 new year lands on 8 February
This year’s coin is once more designed by British-Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho, whose cultural heritage makes her the ideal artist to convey the meeting of east and west. Wuon-Gean has created a beautiful and dynamic design that captures the energy and agility of the intelligent monkey. With work in collections at the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum, this is Wuon-Gean’s third commission for The Royal Mint.
All Lunar coins are released in very limited quantities and are available directly from Royal Mint Bullion in exclusive protective packaging which is only available from The Royal Mint. You can view the Lunar range here
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