2014 Perth Mint Lunar Horse Coins and Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin

Gold and Silver Perth Mint Lunar Year of the Horse Series Coins (LHS, Centre). Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin (RHS).

2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Designs From Around The World.

New Zealand Mint Proof Silver Lunar Dragon Gilded Coin (Left). Perth Mint Silver Lunar Dragon Coin (Middle). Royal Canadian Mint Lotus Silver Dragon Proof (Right).

Series 1 Lunar Coins

Series 1 Chinese Gold Lunar Coins (left). Series 1 Perth Mint Silver Lunar Coins (Right).

Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits 2011

A selection of Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits, Round, Coloured and Plum Blossom.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2015 GHANA "Lunar Skulls" YEAR OF THE GOAT 1oz Silver High Relief Coin

2015 GHANA "Lunar Skulls" YEAR OF THE GOAT 1oz Silver High Relief Coin

Just a quick post to cover a unique new release lunar coin that is available to pre-order. In my opinion the original take on a lunar design is sure to be a hit.
 
The '2015 GHANA "Lunar Skulls" YEAR OF THE GOAT 1oz Silver High Relief Coin' is the first in a series. There is a limited mintage of only 500 PROOF coins and a still very tight mintage of 2000 for the BU version.
 
Details from the series owner:
 
"Son-Montuno is pleased to announce the first coin in our new series, "Lunar Skulls". Working closely with SkullCoins.com, US based tattoo artist Kiana Roo from KangarooPawTattoo.com and under the strict authority of the Republic of Ghana, SMmint (SMmint.com) brings you a new twist on the classic annual lunar theme.
 
Coins are expected to ship approximately in the end of December to middle of January immediately after received & hot off the press!"
 
Each of the coins is engraved with the serial number that is also printed on the Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies the coin. This attribute is usually reserved only for higher priced coins, such as the 'Niue 2015 $8 Lunar Goat Gold Plated 5oz Silver Proof' where the number was on the edge of the coin.
 
Information I've read suggests this coin was minted privately in the United States, but the face value and approval for coin status by Ghana gives this design an edge over silver rounds.
 
I wouldn't be surprised to see a quick sell out, they are already disappearing quickly on ebay. You can buy the proof coin HERE (US$89). You can buy the BU coin HERE (US$69). Or the BU version is also available with free international shipping via First Coin Company (apparently the coupon THANKYOU will get you an additional $2.10 off per coin).

From a thread on Silver Stackers where a member contacted the series owner:

"I have control of half the mintage, my partner has control of the other half which is mostly being sold wholesale in the European and Asian markets.  Out of my half, I have allocated 50 pieces for retail on ebay which looks like they are soon to be gone.  I might be able to allocate a few more, we will see.  I need to check my wholesale requests first.  Out of my 250 pieces of the proof coins, I only allowed my dealers to have a maximum of 10 coins each."
 
Disclosure: I've bought 5 of the proof variety.
 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Gods of Olympus – Hades 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin From Perth Mint & Other New Releases

Gods of Olympus – Hades 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin
There are several lunar coins & sets being released by Perth Mint on October 7th (in around 12 hours), but perhaps the most interesting coin in the line-up this month is the 'Gods of Olympus – Hades 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin' which is pictured above.


Given the slow sales and lukewarm reception to the initial proof lunar coins released by Perth Mint last month (surprisingly the Silver Proof Three-Coin Set is still available at the time of this post), I don't think there will be a large rush for the typeset or coloured coins (though they have been popular types to collect in the past).

The big demand is likely to be for the 'Gods of Olympus – Hades 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin', which is the 3rd and final coin in this popular Perth Mint set. Initial reactions to the new coin design (which was leaked early) have been somewhat negative, but we saw similar with the first coin in the series and it has proven very popular. Personally I like the styling of all 3 coins in the set.

The first coin in the series (Zeus) now sells for $700 and more (on ebay) following a release price under $200. The second coin sold out just as quickly and is also selling for a hefty premium (circa $400+).

Perth Mint has reportedly contacted previous buyers of other coins in the Gods of Olympus Series before the release of Hades in order to ensure collectors who are buying the set have an opportunity to buy this one (& Downies have done similar with their allocation, now have a waiting list for any canceled orders), this along with the low mintage means that there will likely be heavy demand for the coin when it's released in a few hours. The coin will be sold out within minutes so ensure you are ready to buy the minute it is released if you intend on doing do.

Another recent release that may be worth your consideration is the 'Australian Abalone Shell 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin' which was released in September. Initially comments on coin forums were apprehensive about the design (when only the stock, computer generated designs were available), but collectors have quickly warmed to the design once they've seen the coins in the flesh. The Perth Mint tweeted a photo of the coin to me:

Australian Abalone Shell 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin
A great looking coin if I ever saw one!

If you're looking to secure any of the Perth Mint new releases, you'll want to keep the 'Recent Releases' page refreshing at 8:00am (AWST) 7 October 2014. Good luck!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

PAMP Lunar Calendar Series: 2015 Year of the Goat


PAMP has released their 2015 Year of the Goat minted ingots and in my opinion it's the best design (of the PAMP lunar releases) to date. 


This Gold and Silver PAMP lunar series of minted bars started in 2012 with Year of the Dragon, continuing with the Snake, Horse and now Goat. The following is the blurb from the PAMP website:
PAMP is pleased to announce the latest edition in its popular Lunar Calendar Series: the 2015 Year of the Goat ingot.

Celebrated by the Chinese as a symbol of harmony and serenity, the year of the goat signifies a time of peace, artistry and great creativity. The docile nature of the goat has long conveyed a nurturing spirit of caring and solemnity throughout Chinese culture, and remains one of the most well-known creatures to benefit civilizations the world over.

The ingot's unique and striking design effect depicts the goat on the obverse standing amid the tall grass in a quiet field while the reverse reveals the young kid nestled safely behind the elder goat. The innovative and eye-catching front-to-back design is a well-known hallmark of the series.

As with all editions of the Lunar Calendar Series, the 2015 Year of the Goat ingot is sealed within brilliant red CertiPAMP packaging, ready-made for gift-giving while also appealing to the experienced bullion enthusiast.
The Silver bars will come in sizes of 10 grams, 1 ounce and 100 grams. The Gold bars will come in 5 grams, 1 ounce and 100 gram sizes.


They are minted in unlimited quantity, but each bar comes in CertiPAMP packaging which lists the certificate number (the case also provides protection from scratches and peace of mind the bar hasn't been tampered with).

They aren't listed currently, but site sponsor Bullion Money is likely to stock them in the near future (see here for the existing PAMP lunar range).


Read about other major 2015 Lunar Goat Coin releases in the following articles:

Tokelau 2015 Lunar Goat 1oz Silver Coins (Year of the Goat)



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Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Proof Gold & Silver Coins

The bullion coins are officially released through Perth Mint today (though you've been able to pre-order them through site sponsor Bullion Money for sometime), however the Year of the Goat proof coins from Perth Mint go on sale tomorrow. As per the forthcoming releases page... 

NEW COIN RELEASES AVAILABLE FROM 8:00AM (AWST) 2 SEPTEMBER 2014:
Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Gold Proof Coins
Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Coins

Tomorrow's line up will include the following coins:

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
(Issue Limit 8,000. A$63.50)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1oz Silver Proof Coin
(Issue Limit 5,000. A$99.00)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1 kilo Silver Proof Coin
(Issue Limit 500. A$1750.00)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Three-Coin Set
(Issue Limit 1,000. A$350.00)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1/10oz Gold Proof Coin
(Issue Limit 4,000. A$299.00)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
(Issue Limit 5,000. A$695.00)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1oz Gold Proof Coin
(Issue Limit 3,000. A$2695.00)

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Gold Three-Coin Set
(Issue Limit 1,500. A$3,599.00)
 
Some of the proof Perth Mint lunar coins have struggled in recent years, sometimes selling below release price, the Three-Coin Set & 1oz Silver Proof is usually fast to sell out though and for the collector the secondary market price doesn't always matter so much as you are securing the next issue for your collection.

If you missed this article last year I'd highly recommend a read (in which I detail some of the reasons to stick with the Silver 1oz & Three-Coin Set Proofs if speculating on the coins which are more likely to hold their value or rise):

'Perth Mint 2014 Silver Lunar Horse Proof Coins - Baron's Picks: Three-Coin Set & 1oz Proof'

Along with sale in the Three-Coin Set, the 2oz Year of the Goat Proof Silver Coin will be sold separately, last year it appeared around November.

For those buying any of the proof lunar coins from Perth Mint, you will want to be refreshing this page at the time of their release for the best opportunity to purchase the coins:

Perth Mint - Latest Releases
 
Further to tomorrows releases, keep an eye out for the next 'Gods of Olympus' Series Coin (Hades 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin), this has been a popular series (see my post 'Gods of Olympus – Poseidon 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin From Perth Mint') and the final issue is coming October 7th, 8am WST.


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New Zealand Mint Releases 2015 Lunar Year of the Goat Coins

New Zealand Mint has just released their line-up of Year of the Goat coins. You can view them all on this page, but images of the coins are below...
 
 
 
The New Zealand Mint provided the following description for their lunar range:
 
New Zealand Mint is releasing four beautiful Lunar coins to celebrate the Year of the Goat 2015.

The Goat is the eighth animal in the twelve year Zodiac cycle. Symbolising such character traits as creativity, intelligence, dependability, and calmness, those born during the Year of the Goat love to dream and ponder. Those born during this Lunar Year are often quiet of personality and very fond of nature.
 
The 3 coins with the same design are described:
 
This coin face features a relief engraved Goat perched on a steep rocky mountainside in rural New Zealand. Silhouetted against a dramatic sky, the grandeur of the altitude and panoramic view may be felt in the dynamic moment captured on this coin.
 
And the gilded design which carries a different image:
 
This coin face features a relief engraved Goat of a contemporary style, set against a detailed background illustrating the global community of cultures in which we live. To the left of the design, the gold gilded Chinese character for Goat is set against a proof quality background.
 
I'm a fan of the New Zealand Mint coins, especially some of their packaging, I just wish they would keep a consistent approach to their lunar coins. For the last 3 years (Dragon, Snake, Horse) they've gilded the animal in gold, but appears this time opted to highlight the Chinese character.
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Royal Mint 2015 Year of the Sheep Lunar Coin Range

The Royal Mint (UK), like the Royal Canadian Mint, has gone with a 'Year of the Sheep' naming convention for their lunar coins this year. Chard's says the following on the choice:
As Wales is mainly a rural country a big factor to their economy is sheep farming and with over 8.5 million sheep in wales, making up 26% of sheep within the UK, it is not surprising The Royal Mint chose the sheep over the goat.
Last year was their first coin in a new lunar series starting with the Year of the Horse.

They used the same design on both the Gold and Silver coins, keeping consistent with the first coin. It's a pretty good design, I like it. It has a decorative look to the sheep's coat, but then simple lines for the face and horns, it works quite well.

Royal Mint 2015 Year of the Sheep Gold and Silver Coins


The 1/10oz Gold coin has a mintage of 2,888, the 1oz Gold coin mintage is 888 and only 38 for the 5oz Gold coin.

The Silver coins come in 1oz, 5oz and 1oz Gilded varieties with mintage of 9,888, 1,088 and 4,888 respectively.

Chard has them available for sale on their website (Gold & Silver), presumably they will soon make their way to the website of the Royal Mint also.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Royal Australian Mint 2015 Lunar Series Year of the Goat Gold and Silver Coins

The Royal Australian Mint has put their 2015 Lunar Goat Series Coins on the site for pre-order, the official release date is a couple of weeks from now on September 1st.

The Gold and Silver proof coins share the same design and come with the following description on the website:
2015 Proof Coin Lunar Series Year of the Goat

The Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, is a twelve-year cycle, with each year represented by an animal with a unique personality. If you were born under this sign, you are likely to possess elegance, charm and kindness. Packaged in a stunning presentation case, this coin features a design of three goats surrounding plum blossoms, which symbolise hope, prosperity, purity and renewal in spring.
And the images:


It's a pretty nice design actually. The Silver coins come in various sizes, 11.66 grams (mintage 10,000), 1 ounce (mintage 5,000), 5 ounces (mintage 500) and 1 kilogram (mintage 500). Last year they changed up the design between the different sizes, but appear to have standardised them this year, using the same design across all sizes. A mintage of 500 coins for the 5oz coin is quite low (it was 5,000 last year) and the price point of A$320 for the coin is much better than the Perth Mint's circa $480-500 price tag for their coins this size. May be worth giving this RAM coin some consideration.

There is also the 1/10oz Gold coin available which has a mintage of 1,500. It doesn't appear they are doing a 1oz Gold coin (at least one hasn't been listed on the website yet).

Along with the standard proof coins above they also do the Tetra-decagon Goat Coin which comes in both Silver (1/2oz) and CuNi. Both have unlimited mintage. I really liked the Tetra-decagon Horse & Snake Lunar Coins so it was a little disappointing to see the goat design which I am not as fond of:


If you are interested in pre-ordering the Royal Australian Mint Lunar Goat Coins you can do so at the Mint e-shop.



Tokelau 2015 Lunar Goat 1oz Silver Coins (Year of the Goat)



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Perth Mint 2015 Australian Lunar Year of the Goat Silver & Gold Coins Revealed

Perth Mint 2015 Lunar Goat Coins
Images of the Perth Mint 2015 Lunar Year of the Goat Coins have finally been revealed (click to enlarge):


Here is a written preview and thoughts on the designs I provided at BullionBaron.com in an article published yesterday 'Lunar Maa-aadness with 2015 Year of the Goat Coins':
Perth Mint 2015 Silver Lunar Goat Design: The design follows the styling cues of the 2014 Lunar Horse Coin with the leaves and branches of a tree bordering the top left hand side of the coin. There are some grass patches. There are 3 goats pictured all with long hair, two have their heads up and one has it's head down presumably eating some grass. Overall I think it's a solid design, I prefer it over the Perth Mint's 2003 Silver Goat Coin. Animal hair can be one of the most difficult elements to capture in a coin and it will be difficult to tell how well Perth Mint have done with this coin until seen in the flesh, but certainly the computer generated images give the indication they've done well to portray the long hair.

Perth Mint 2015 Gold Lunar Goat Design: This design illustrates a shorter haired mountain goat atop a rocky landscape with mountains in the background. The rocky foreground is quite detailed with the mountainous background pictured in a much simpler form. I think the backdrop on this coin lets down the design somewhat, I would have preferred to see detailed mountains as we saw on the Perth Mint's Gold Lunar Horse Coins last year. Overall I still think it's a good design and prefer it over the Perth Mint 2003 Gold Goat Coin.
The release dates are below as previously detailed on this site.

1st September 2014 

2015 Australian Lunar Year of the Goat Gold Bullion Coin Series
2015 Australian Lunar Year of the Goat Silver Bullion Coin Series

2nd September 2014 

Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Gold Proof Coins
Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Coins

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

2015 Macau Lunar Goat Gold & Silver Proof Coins with Colour

The Singapore Mint has released images, specifications and pricing of their 2015 Macau Lunar Goat coins on the website, available now to order (silver coins via ballot) with their release forthcoming at the end of September.

I covered last years release here '2014 Macau Lunar Horse Gold & Silver Proof Coins with Colour' which also contains photos from a reader's collection of some of the earlier coins in this popular series, they are a great looking coin.

The mintage numbers remain the same as last year (Macau Lunar Horse), but are higher than the year prior (Macau Lunar Snake).

The description provided by Singapore Mint for this years release is below:
The Monetary Authority of Macau proudly presents the Macau Lunar Coin Collection (2008 – 2019), which is exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint. The Macau Lunar Goat coin, the eighth in this collection, is issued in conjunction with the arrival of the 2015 Lunar Goat Year.

The obverse side of the coin features a well-defined silhouette outlining the fine details of the goat’s body, flanked by a fringe of brilliantly-hued rhododendron. The goat is traditionally known by the Chinese as a symbol of peace and luck. Rhododendron is one of China's top 10 traditional flowers and has the prestigious title of "Queen of Beauty" bestowed on it. The abundant petals evoke a sense of prosperity and thriving beauty with its vivid colours.

The Mount Fortress is featured on the reverse side of the coin, an important landmark of Macau’s illustrious past. One of the oldest historical structures in Macau, the Mount Fortress is part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

As the famous saying goes: With the advent of spring begins prosperity. This saying depicts three goats welcoming spring, a symbol of great fortune and usually refers to the unveiling of new beginnings and ushering of renewed peace and serenity. Collecting all three coins from the Macau Lunar Goat series will be akin to having the legendary three goats ushering spring to the individual during the Chinese New Year.
Images of the 3 releases (all carrying the same design, but different sizes, colour or metal) are below, along with specifications for each coin:

2015 Macau Goat 1/4oz 999.9 Fine Gold Proof Coin with colour

 Mintage: 5000 pc(s)
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2014
Diameter (mm): 21.96
Weight (g): 7.78
Material: 999.9 Fine Gold (24K)
Retail Price: S$1,000 / A$860 (increase from S$970 last year)

2015 Macau Goat 1oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

 Mintage: 8000 pc(s)
Issue Date: 29-Sep-2014
Diameter (mm): 40.70
Weight (g): 31.10
Material: 999 Fine Silver
Retail Price: S$168 / A$145 (increase from S$158 last year)

2015 Macau Goat 5oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

 Mintage: 2000 pc(s)
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2014
Diameter (mm): 65.00
Weight (g): 155.52
Material: 999 Fine Silver
Retail Price: S$980 / A$844 (increase from S$950 last year)


As is indicated by the balloted sale for the silver coins, the Macau Lunar Series is likely to be a popular choice for collectors again this year. You can buy pre-order them from the Singapore Mint online store.


Tokelau 2015 Lunar Goat 1oz Silver Coins (Year of the Goat)



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Royal Canadian Mint Releases 2015 Year of the Sheep (Goat) Lunar Coin Range

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled their range of 2015 Year of the Sheep Lunar Coins. You can read about last years release in this post 'Royal Canadian Mint Parades 2014 Lunar Horse Coin Range'. The new coin designs are summarised and pictured below, with some of my thoughts and more information at the end:

Fine Silver Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 8,888 (2015) – 23.17g

Special features:

•  This Year of the Sheep coin is a new addition to the Mint's popular Chinese Lunar series!
•  The Chinese character yang (meaning "sheep" or "goat") denotes the Year of the Sheep.
•  This $5 coin is crafted in 99.99% pure silver and features beautiful colouring that adds another dimension to the finely detailed engraving.
•  A celebration of Chinese Canadian culture!
•  Makes a beautiful and thoughtful gift for those born in the Year of the Sheep, and a beautiful addition to any Chinese zodiac-themed collection.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited worldwide mintage.


Design:

 The reverse image features an artistic rendering of a Bighorn sheep – a native of Canada's Rocky Mountains. The use of colour showcases the sheep's beautiful brown colouring. Nestled within the curl of the sheep's distinctive spiral horn, the Chinese character yang (meaning "sheep" or "goat") denotes the Year of the Sheep.

1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 18,888 (2015)

Special features:

•  Each coin comes in an attractive Asian-inspired case!
•  Crafted in the Royal Canadian Mint's exceptional 99.99% pure silver with a beautiful proof finish; the coin features a matte sheep design over a mirror background.
•  A beautiful addition to your Chinese zodiac-themed collection.
•  The Chinese character yang (meaning "sheep" or "goat") denotes the Year of the Sheep.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited worldwide mintage.


Design:

 Your coin features a sheep on a hill top, a sunset and the Chinese symbol for Sheep.

1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 22,888 (2015)

Special features:

•  This specimen coin is crafted in 99.99% fine silver.
•  A beautiful addition to your Chinese zodiac-themed collection.
•  The Chinese character yang (meaning "sheep" or "goat") denotes the Year of the Sheep.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited worldwide mintage.


Design:

 Your coin features a detailed depiction of a Bighorn sheep, which is native to Canada's Rocky Mountains. Here, the sheep is viewed in three-quarter profile, which affords the viewer a close look at its distinctively long, spiral horns. An artistic rendering of bamboo–a symbol of longevity–fills the background. The Chinese character yang, meaning "sheep" or "goat," appears below the sheep's shoulder to represent the Year of the Sheep.

Fine Silver Lunar Lotus Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 18,888 (2015) – 26.7g

Special features:

•  Part of the Royal Canadian Mint's popular Lunar Lotus series featuring coins of the Chinese zodiac; 6th coin in this series of 12 coins.
•  Crafted in the Royal Canadian Mint's exceptional 99.99% pure silver with a beautiful proof finish; the coin features a matte sheep design over a mirror background.
•  Each coin comes in an attractive Asian-inspired case!
•  A beautiful addition to your Chinese zodiac-themed collection.
•  The Chinese character yang (meaning "sheep" or "goat") denotes the Year of the Sheep.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited worldwide mintage.


Design:

 Your coin captures the true essence of the Sheep's character, and features a sheep and the Chinese symbol for sheep.

Fine Silver One Kilogram Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 388 (2015)

Special features:

•  Features a first time use of translucent paint on a kilo coin!
•  Crafted in 1 kilogram of 99.99% pure silver, this coin was meticulously polished by hand for a beautiful proof finish; a matte sheep design over a mirror background.
•  Each coin comes in an attractive Asian-inspired case!
•  An exceptional collecting opportunity–only 388 coins available worldwide!
•  Your coin is GST/HST!


Design:

 The reverse image by Canadian artist Three Degrees Creative captures the true essence of the sheep's character.

1/10 oz. Pure Gold Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 2,888 (2015)

Special features:

•  This specimen coin is crafted in 99.99% pure gold.
•  A beautiful addition to your Chinese zodiac-themed collection.
•  The Chinese character yang (meaning "sheep" or "goat") denotes the Year of the Sheep.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited worldwide mintage.


Design:

 Your coin features a detailed depiction of a Bighorn sheep, which is native to Canada's Rocky Mountains. Here, the sheep is viewed in three-quarter profile, which affords the viewer a close look at its distinctively long, spiral horns. An artistic rendering of bamboo–a symbol of longevity–fills the background. The Chinese character yang, meaning "sheep" or "goat," appears below the sheep's shoulder to represent the Year of the Sheep.

18-karat Gold Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 2,500 (2015)

Special features:

•  Part of our popular Lunar series, your coin features a Chinese zodiac and is the 6th coin in a series of 12.
•  Limited to 2,500 coins worldwide.
•  Your coin is crafted in 18-karat gold with a beautiful proof finish; the coin features a matte sheep design over a mirror background
•  Your coin comes in an attractive Asian-inspired case—a perfect gift for someone you know who was born in 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003.


Design:

 Your coin features a sheep on a hill top, a sunset and the Chinese symbol for Sheep.

Pure Gold One Kilogram Coin - Year of the Sheep - Mintage: 10 (2015)

Special features:

•  Crafted in 1 kilogram of 99.99% pure gold, this coin was meticulously polished by hand for a beautiful proof finish; a matte sheep design over a mirror background.
•  Each coin comes in an attractive gold satin-like Asian-inspired case!
•  An exceptional collecting opportunity–only 10 coins available worldwide!
•  A celebration of Chinese Canadian culture, this coin adds prestige to any collection.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt!

 
Design:

 The reverse image by Canadian artist Three Degrees Creative captures the true essence of the sheep's character.

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My favourite is probably the 1/2oz Silver coin, same as last year, it has the strongest looking animal design.

There have been some changes to last years lineup, there is an additional Silver and Gold coin in the mix. The coloured coin (first pictured above) is new with a mintage of 8,888 coins. In my opinion the 1/10oz Gold coin was the better addition and sports the same image as the 1/2oz Silver coin, adding an affordable entry point for those wanting a Gold lunar coin from the Royal Canadian Mint.

Other changes to this series include that of mintages, for example the lotus Silver design has been reduced from 28,888 to 18,888 coins as has the standard 1oz Silver coin. The 1/2oz Silver coin has dropped from 58,888 to 22,888. The kilogram Gold coin has dropped from a mintage of 18 coins to only 10.

You are able to view and purchase the range at the Royal Canadian Mint's online store.


Tokelau 2015 Lunar Goat 1oz Silver Coins (Year of the Goat)


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