2019 Lunar Year Of The Pig One Kilogram Silver Proof Coin
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A one kilogram silver proof coin, marking the Year of the Pig from The Royal Mint’s Lunar series.
The Shēngxiào Collection
The Lunar or Shēngxiào collection is a twelve-year series from The Royal Mint, charting the cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Now in its eighth year, coins in this collection feature the animals associated with the lunar calendar, often with a distinctly British twist.
Released annually on Chinese New Year in gold, silver, proof and bullion editions, the series so far includes:
- 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse
- 2015 Lunar Year of the Sheep
- 2016 Lunar Year of the Monkey
- 2017 Lunar Year of the Rooster
- 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog
- 2019 Lunar Year of the Pig
- 2020 Lunar Year of the Rat
- 2021 Lunar Year of the Ox
While these coins share a fascinating theme with similar Chinese and Australian series, The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào coins are unique as legal tender in the UK.
2019: The Year of the Pig
This 1 kg silver coin is part of the sixth release in this popular series though the pig is actually the final animal in the Chinese zodiac.
The design by artist Harry Brockway. His reverse shows a sow feeding five piglets. Family is important to those born under the pig and five is said to be a lucky number in Chinese culture. It’s a nighttime scene, the stars above referencing the zodiac, shining on a country cottage, surrounded by hydrangeas - another symbol of good fortune.
Brockway usually works in stone and wood and said about creating this design:
‘I enjoy the challenge of working within such strict parameters, combining image and lettering to produce a coherent and satisfying design.’
One Kilo Silver Coin
Brockway’s reverse is paired with Jody Clark’s portrait of Elizabeth II. The obverse flags the face value of this coin which is £500.
It’s from a limited edition presentation of just 38 and is struck to proof standard, ensuring a flawless finish across its 100.00 millimetre face. This piece weighs 1005.00 grams and is composed of 999 silver, making it the largest silver denomination offered in this series.
This one kilo coin is offered in its distinctive red packaging from The Royal Mint with its certificate of authenticity enclosed inside its wooden box.
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