Lunar Year of the Sheep 2015 UK Tenth-Ounce Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin | The Royal Mint

Lunar Year of the Sheep Tenth-Ounce Gold BU Coin

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  • An official United Kingdom legal tender coin
  • A design that blends British and Chinese tradition
  • Artfully struck on the delicate tenth-ounce
Product code: UKH15GT
Limited Edition Presentation: 2,888


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The Shēngxiào Collection continues in 2015, the Year of the Sheep

The United Kingdom’s second Lunar coin

In 2014 The Royal Mint began a most prestigious series – the Shēngxiào Collection – with a design for the Year of the Horse. Now a coin celebrating the Year of the Sheep continues the collection with an enchanting reverse by series designer, Wuon-Gean Ho. Her design once again embraces and unites British and Chinese culture in this gold tenth-ounce coin with its Brilliant Uncirculated finish. Only 2,888 of these remarkable coins will be issued, their exclusivity confirmed by a Certificate of Authenticity.

About the coin

Every year many delight in the age-old tradition of exchanging gifts to welcome the Lunar New Year, giving coins or notes in traditional red envelopes to wish loved ones health, wealth and prosperity for the year ahead. The second in this auspicious series of 12 United Kingdom Lunar coins continues this ancient and globally-observed tradition but with a charming British twist. Wuon-Gean Ho has drawn upon her artistic flair, her British Chinese heritage and interestingly her veterinary experience to create her captivating sheep design. Two Swaledale sheep convey togetherness and their hardy physical features that endure the harsh British climate – their smooth curled horns and woolly coat – are crisply detailed by The Royal Mint’s Brilliant Uncirculated finish.

These ‘lucky’ coins are also extremely limited – only 2,888 will be issued. Your glorious gold coin will arrive with a beautifully designed booklet that reveals the collection’s origins and the inspiration behind this particular design. You can continue your collection or follow the tradition of gifting around the New Year with this beautiful coin.

Wuon-Gean Ho is an artist of Chinese descent, born in the UK. She created the reverse design for the first Lunar coin from The Royal Mint, struck for the Year of the Horse, and has once again drawn upon her Chinese and British heritage, blending them in her latest design celebrating the Year of the Sheep. Wuon-Gean works in many disciplines including printmaking, animation and illustrated books and her art is displayed in collections including the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in the History of Art and a professional licence as a veterinary surgeon Wuon-Gean took up a Japanese Government Scholarship in 1998 to study woodblock printmaking in Japan.

Wuon-Gean enjoys introducing hidden elements and meaning in her work and the reverse design for the Year of the Sheep coin is no exception. She has combined elements of British and Chinese culture and traditions to create a depth of story in her designs that will delight any recipient – whether a collector of the Shēngxiào series, of gold coins or simply a loved one lucky enough to receive this beautiful coin as a gift.

Born in the Year of the Sheep?

01/02/1919 - 19/02/1920
17/02/1931 - 05/02/1932
05/02/1943 - 24/01/1944
24/01/1955 - 11/02/1956
09/02/1967 - 29/01/1968
28/01/1979 - 15/02/1980
15/02/1991 - 03/02/1992
01/02/2003 - 21/01/2004
19/02/2015 - 07/02/2016


Lunar Year of the Sheep 2015 UK Tenth-Ounce Gold Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination £10
Maximum Coin Mintage 2,888
Alloy 999.9 fine gold
Weight 3.13g
Diameter 16.50mm
Reverse Designer Wuon-Gean Ho
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription Milled
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated

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A nice Little coin

Rated 4 out of 5
20 October 2014

Another nice little coin from the R/M. Fine detail
again. But it`s a pitty they have not included the red gift envelope this time as with the first Lunar Coin,
then it would be a complete "Luna New Year Gift"
package. Disappointed Harry

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