The latest release in The Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection is the Lunar Year of the Rat 2020. Combining centuries of Chinese tradition with British minting craftsmanship, the collection celebrates the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, or Shēngxiào, and their distinctive characteristics and qualities.

Legend tells of a Great Race between all of the animals to decide the order of the lunar calendar. The finish lay beyond a river, but the rat had a plan, hitching a ride on the ox before jumping off to sneak ahead and win.

Continuing the success of The Shēngxiào Collection, we are excited to reveal a new bullion coin in the series, featuring a design by artist P. J. Lynch. By virtue of winning the race, the Rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac as it starts anew in 2020. People born under this sign are said to be intelligent, adaptable and optimistic.

Gold bullion has been chosen as an investment by individuals, governments and organisations for thousands of years. Gold bullion from The Royal Mint is VAT free and our gold bullion coins are also exempt from Capital Gains Tax.

This one ounce gold bullion coin presents a new investment opportunity in the range and is also available as a one ounce silver edition.

Key Points:

  • Struck in 999.9 fine gold
  • Minted to bullion standard
  • The number eight, believed to be lucky in Chinese culture, is incorporated in each mintage with a limited mintage of 8,888
  • The coins are presented in capsules
  • Features an obverse design by iconic Royal Mint coin designer Jody Clark, creator of the latest definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen on UK coinage
  • Individually packaged in a single coin capsule


Lunar 2020 Year of the Rat – 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £100
Alloy 999.9 Fine Gold
Diameter 32.69mm
Reverse Designer PJ Lynch
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Specification Value
Quality Bullion
Year 2020
Pure Metal Type Gold
Pure Metal Content 1 Troy Oz
Fineness 999.9
Packaging Single Coin Capsule
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