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2015 Royal Mint Year of the Sheep Silver Bullion Coin
Reverse of 2015 Royal Mint Year of the Sheep Silver Coin
British Lunar Coins
The Royal Mint began their series of lunar calendar coins in 2014, with the Year of the Horse. The Year of the Sheep is the second coin in the series, and the eighth in the lunar cycle.
We received our first delivery of coins on 18th September, 2014.
The Perth Mint already have a lunar coin series which is incredibly popular.
The sheep (or goat) is the 8th animal in the lunar cycle. It is seen as particularly lucky as the number 8 symbolises peace and prosperity in Chinese culture. The goat is also thought to bring harmony and growth.
Like last years design, the coin brings together both Chinese and British influences. The reverse of the coin was designed by Wuon-Gean, who took her inspiration from the Swaledale Sheep, which are often found on the hillsides of the Peak District.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the Queen.
Sheep or Goat?
Whilst the Perth Mint have decided to use the "Year of the Goat", the Royal Mint are using the "Year of the Sheep". Both animals are recognised as the 8th in the lunar cycle, however most people would class the goat as being the main animal. It could be that the Royal Mint are using the "year of the sheep" so that they can differentiate their 2015 lunar coins from the Perth Mint's.
We are not currently stocking the proof version. If we get a large volume of enquiries regarding it, we may look into stocking some.
When we received the coins we noticed that a lot of them featured a small mark on the right hand side of the reverse. We checked the rest of our stock and discovered a few more tubes, with each coin containing the mark. We think this may be from the production of the coins, from when they are being removed from the machine. Although the coins are in a better condition than the 2013 Britannias, we think the condition of the coins is substandard, especially when compared to the Perth Mint 2015 Year of the Goat coins.
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