The Royal Mint recently revealed its coin designs for the Lunar Year of the Sheep, an event that had been eagerly anticipated since the release of the 2014 Year of the Horse coins last year – the first time that Lunar coins had been produced specifically for the United Kingdom. The press release is attached.
This is advance notice to let you know that The Royal Mint will also be releasing its Lunar Year of the Sheep 2015 UK One Ounce Bullion Coins on Friday 12 September. One of the most recent additions to The Royal Mint’s bullion offering, the coins will be available in Gold and Silver, and will be finished to Bullion standard. The One Ounce Gold Bullion Coin contains a full ounce of 999.9 fine gold, whilst the One Ounce Silver Bullion Coin contains a full ounce of 999 fine silver. Both bullion coins are presented in secure protective packaging for safe transit, and a minimum order applies.
The design, the same as can be seen on the Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof versions of the coin, skilfully uses symbolic elements to create a fusion of Chinese and British heritage. Ancient Chinese symbols for the word sheep form tree outlines in the background, whilst two distinctive Yorkshire Swaledale sheep face each other in the foreground. The intricate details of the design highlight their beautiful curled horns in contrast to the swirls of their wool coats.