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2023 Lunar Year Of The Rabbit One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

UK23LRS1 2023 Lunar Year Of The Rabbit One Ounce Silver Proof Coin Boxed
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The Royal Mint continued with its popular Shengxiao Lunar coin series in 2023, with this year marking the 'Year of the Rabbit' in the Chinese zodiac. To celebrate the occasion, the Mint issued a collection of proof coins and brilliant uncirculated coins, with this edition being the silver proof one ounce coin with a limited edition presentation of just 2,888. The number '8' is considered lucky in China, hence its use in the issue limit number. This 1 ounce Lunar Rabbit is the tenth release in the series but is actually the fourth animal in the zodiac: this peculiarity exists because the Mint began the series in 2014, which is in the middle of the lunar cycle. Each annual release since has infused traditional Chinese culture with modern British design elements and the Year of the Rabbit range is no different. Rabbits have a zodiac reputation for intelligence, vigilance and gentleness, with those born in Lunar Rabbit years believed to be creative, compassionate and noble. Louie Maryon is responsible for adapting these traits onto the reverse engraving of this collectable coin, which shows a young rabbit amongst a backdrop of leaves with the lettering 'YEAR OF THE RABBIT 2023' and the Chinese character '兔'. On the coin's obverse, Jody Clark's effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is visible, which is the fifth and final design of the Queen to appear on UK coinage. This coin is one of the very few 2023 pieces which feature the late Queen's effigy. Each 999 fine 1oz silver coin measures 38.61 millimetres in diameter and weighs a total of 31.21 grams, giving it an actual silver weight of precisely one troy ounce. The coin you'll receive will be issued inside the original presentation box accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Fifth and final UK coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. Legend: 'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·'. One of the few 2023 coins to have the Queen on the obverse.

Reverse

Louie Maryon's depiction of a sitting rabbit amid a backdrop of falling leaves. Legend: 'YEAR OF THE RABBIT 2023'.

Specification

Struck to proof standard. Total weight of 31.21 grams and diameter of 38.61 millimetres. Face value: £2 / Two Pounds. Actual silver weight of 1 oz.

Presentation

Offered in original Royal Mint presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited edition of 2,888 in this presentation.

Condition

The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coins you receive will be from the same issue and will have the same specifications. Some modern UK coins naturally develop toning or milk spots over time and these features may be present on the coin you receive. We cannot exchange coins displaying toning or milkspots.

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