In partnership with The Royal Mail, The Royal Mint celebrates Chinese New Year and the 2016 Lunar Year of the Monkey with this limited-edition stamp and coin set.
In 2014 The Royal Mint launched its first official United Kingdom Lunar coin in the Year of the Horse. The Shēngxiào Collection, now in its third year, brings more than a millennium of minting experience to ancient Chinese traditions.
The monkey, a popular figure in Chinese culture is believed to symbolise luck, honour and wealth and ranks ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.
The 2016 Lunar Year of the Monkey Fine Silver £2 Proof coin in this set features the fifth coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
The reverse features a design by artist Wuon-Gean Ho, who also designed the coins for the Year of the Horse and the Year of the Sheep. She took her inspiration from the rhesus monkey, part of the ‘Old World’ family of monkeys originating in Europe, Africa and Asia. The image captures the playful nature of these intelligent and quick-witted creatures.
The limited-edition stamp and coin cover has been created by hat-trick design, carrying the ‘Fireworks’ definitive stamp and a label featuring a paper cut-out of a monkey by artist Rebecca Sutherland.
It is packaged in a souvenir red gifting envelope, featuring Mandarin and Cantonese characters conveying the festive greeting ‘Happy New Year.’
Born in the Year of the Monkey?
06/02/1932 - 25/01/1933
25/01/1944 - 12/02/1945
12/02/1956 - 30/01/1957
30/01/1968 - 16/02/1969
16/02/1980 - 04/02/1981
04/02/1992 - 22/01/1993
22/01/2004 - 08/02/2005
08/02/2016 - 27/01/2017