Sunday, June 16, 2013

2014 Lunar Horse Series Goes Square? New Coins from Perth Mint


Following on from the last post on the 2014 Lunar Series Coins from Perth Mint, comes this interesting revelation...
2014 Gold Year of the Horse - Square Bullion Coin
The design on the 2014 Gold Year of the Horse (1/10oz) gold bullion coin, consists of a
coloured representation of a horse superimposed over stylised ground with a horizon and a stylised cloud, and the following:
(a) the pinyin pictograph pronounced “mă” and meaning “horse”;
(b) “P”
While it won't be the first foray into square coins for Perth Mint, it appears 2014 will be the first of the Lunar series coins to go square. These descriptions come from Comlaw as a result of Perth Mint requiring approval for coins issued legal tender status.

Here is the description for a Silver version of the squared coin:
2014 Silver Year of the Horse - Square Bullion Coin
The design on the 2014 Silver Year of the Horse (1oz) silver bullion coin, consists of the
following:
(a) a coloured representation of a horse;
(b) a coloured representation of a Chinese stamp that is made up of a square border which encloses the pinyin pictographs pronounced “qían lóng yù lăn zhī băo” and meaning “stamp of Emperor Qíanlóng”;
(c) a coloured representation of a Chinese stamp that is made up of a square border which encloses the pinyin pictographs pronounced “tài shàng huáng dì zhī băo” and meaning “stamp of Emperor Yōngzhèng”;
(d) the pinyin pictographs pronounced:
(i) “Dà Wăn Liū” which is the name of the horse with no English equivalent; and
(ii) “qían lóng wù chén mèng chūn haĭ xī chēn láng shì níng gōng shū” and meaning “Painted by Minister Lang Shining in early spring of the 13th year from the ascension of Emperor Qíanlóng”;
(e) “P”
The descriptions above are made 10 times each indicating that we might have some 2014 Lunar Horse Coin sets being issued (in both Gold and Silver) similar to the 2012 Lunar Dragon 10 Coin Set, except this time it appears the coins will be square rather than round.

Note that these square coins will only be a numismatic release and the bullion series 2014 Lunar Horse coins will still come in a round form. 

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