The Royal Mint Celebrates the Year of the Sheep with a Special Edition Coin

By: Laura McQuarrie - Feb 17, 2015
References: royalmint
In celebration of 2015 being the Lunar Year of the Sheep, the Royal Mint created a special edition coin to honor those born in this year. This coin is the second addition to the Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection—following the Year of the Horse—and this coin blends Chinese and British tradition with craftsmanship and symbolism, especially since the coin features the image of a Yorkshire Swalendale sheep on its face. In designing the coin, artist Wuon-Gean Ho describes: "I wanted the design to draw upon my British and Chinese heritage, as my parents are from Malaysia and Singapore and I was raised in the UK. I recall observing sheep as part of the British landscape."

The limited edition coins are available in a number of different formats, including gold, gold-plated and silver. In keeping with Chinese traditions around the arrival of a new year, the coins come packaged in red packaging to bestow good luck upon its owner.