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A Fusion of Two Cultures

Were you, or someone you know, born in the Year of the Rat?

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008  

If you were born in the Year of the Rat, you’re in good company. William Shakespeare, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bono all share this sign, which is associated with intelligence and optimism.

Ever since the first coin celebrating the Year of the Horse in 2014, we have marked the Chinese zodiac by releasing new additions to The Shēngxiào Collection. Each coin celebrates the traits of people born in that year. For 2020, the Year of the Rat joins the collection. P. J. Lynch’s design shows a single rat set against a backdrop of peonies, one of China’s best-loved flowers, in a beautiful fusion of British and Chinese culture.


Specification Value
Denomination £10
Maximum Coin Mintage 198
Alloy 999 Fine Silver
Weight 156.30 g
Diameter 65.00mm
Specification Value
Reverse Designer P.J. Lynch
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2020
Pure Metal Type Silver
Country Of Origin United Kingdom
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