Lunar Coins

Lunar coins struck by The Royal Mint

A fusion of British and Chinese tradition celebrating the Chinese zodiac on gold and silver Bullion coins. In 2014, The Royal Mint struck the United Kingdom’s first Chinese Lunar Calendar coins for the Year of The Horse, beginning a new series, the Shengxiào Collection. The British Chinese community is thought to be the oldest Chinese community in Western Europe, with the first Chinese people arriving in the early nineteenth century. The connection between China and the United Kingdom has developed further, with China hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, before handing the baton on to London. A series of cultural and business exchanges and exhibitions have increased awareness about Chinese culture in the UK. The Shengxiào Collection is a celebration of the United Kingdom’s diverse multi-cultural society, created with the unrivalled experience, heritage and craftsmanship of The Royal Mint.

Celebrating a gifting tradition

At Chinese New Year, gifts and tokens are exchanged, particularly the gift of money in red envelopes, symbolising good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. These Lunar coins from The Royal Mint embrace this popular and globally observed tradition, lending a unique British angle to an ancient tradition.

The Shengxiào Collection

The Royal Mint’s fusion of British and Chinese tradition began in 2014 with the first design by British-Chinese designer, Wuon-Gean Ho, celebrating the Year of the Horse.

This was followed in 2015 with the Year of the Sheep coin, in 2016 with the Year of the Monkey coin, and in 2017 with the Year of the Rooster coin. Now for 2018, we are pleased to launch the new Year of the Dog coins.

Each year a new zodiac animal will be celebrated, with the animals’ traits attributed to those born in a given Lunar year. Symbols of prosperity, Lunar coins are perfect for those looking for variety in their Bullion portfolio.

Wuon-Gean Ho is an artist of Chinese descent, born in the United Kingdom. She created the reverse design for the first Lunar coin from The Royal Mint, struck for the Year of the Horse in 2014, and has once again drawn upon her Chinese and British heritage, blending them in her latest design celebrating the Year of the Dog.

A new choice for the Bullion market

Symbols of prosperity, the Lunar coins were added to our Bullion range – perfect for those looking for variety in their Bullion portfolio. Struck in 999 fine silver and 999.9 fine gold, as legal tender UK coins they are CGT exempt in the United Kingdom and our gold Lunar coins are VAT free for non VAT registered individuals. Adorned by animals of the zodiac, they make an excellent choice for those wishing to gift Bullion today, or in the future, to loved ones born in the celebrated year.

We offer free UK delivery on all our Bullion. International delivery charges still apply.

The Sovereign, gold Britannia, gold Queens Beasts and gold Lunar Bullion coins are VAT free for non VAT registered private individuals.

The Sovereign, Britannia, Queens Beasts and Lunar Bullion coins are exempt from UK capital gains tax for UK residents only, due to being legal tender.