The launch of The Royal Mint’s lunar coin collection has become an eagerly anticipated annual event, with the Year of the Pig the latest in the 1,100-year-old organization’s popular lunar calendar line-up.
The series is a celebration of the UK’s diverse multi-cultural society, lending a unique British angle to this ancient custom. During Chinese New Year it is common to exchange tokens and gifts of money in red enveloped symbolizing good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. In Chinese culture, the pig is thought of as an intellectual and those born in that year are seen to be as inquisitive and intelligent.
The pig is the last sign of the Chinese zodiac, signaling the end of the cycle which starts anew in 2020 with the Year of the Rat. The Lunar Year of the Pig is designed by artist and craftsman Harry Brockway, Harry said “As a wood engraver I work on a very small scale, so being asked to do designs for coins was not a difficult leap for me to make.
As a stone carver and maker of memorials, I often work in bas-relief and cut letters in stone. I enjoy the challenge of working within such strict parameters, combining image and lettering to produce a coherent and satisfying design.”
What does it mean to be born in the Year of the Pig?
The pig is thought of as an intellectual in Chinese culture and people born in the Year of the Pig are seen to be inquisitive and intelligent. It is in their nature to enjoy exploring different solutions to problems.
Typically, people born in the Year of the Pig are known to be diligent, compassionate and generous. They value friendship highly, and never betray their friends unless in drastic circumstances. This means they tend to be popular in their social circles.
Admired for their kindness and gentle nature, the characteristics of people born in the Year of the Pig tend to be the most selfless in the Chinese zodiac.
About the artist
Designer(s): Designer Jody Clark’s fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is the current standard for all coinage of the United Kingdom. (View Designer’s Profile). Harry Brockway is an artist/craftsman living in Somerset, England. He trained as a sculptor at the Royal Academy in London and went on to work as a stonemason for many years, producing architectural stone carvings for churches, cathedrals, and prestigious buildings throughout the UK.
|Year Of Issue:||2019|
|Denomination:||£10; £2; £100; £10; £500; £500; £1000|
|Mintage:||1,088; 3,888; 888; 288; 38; 38; 8|
|Alloy:||999.9 Au; 999 Ag; 999.9 Au; 999 Ag; 999.9 Au; 999 Ag; 999 Au|
|Weight:||3.13g; 31.21g; 31.21g; 156.30g; 156.30g; 1005.0g; 1005.0g|
|Diameter:||16.50mm; 38.61mm; 32.69mm; 65.00mm; 50mm; 100mm; 100mm|
|Edge:||Milled/Reeded (all denominations)|
|OBV Designer||Jody Clark|
|REV Designer||Harry Brockway|
|Quality:||BU; Proof; Proof; Proof; Proof; Proof; Proof|
About The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.
Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.
The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organization throughout its history – authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:
Bullion and Precious Metals
Throughout history, The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organization trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide via www.royalmintbullion.com and a global network of distributor partners.
Consumer Coin Division
The organization runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.
The Royal Mint Experience
The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor center, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year, and in 2018 was the recipient of the Visit Wales Gold VAQAS Award for theexcellence of facilities and customer service.