The 2019 Lunar Year is upcoming and mints around the world issuing lunar-themed coin are gearing up big releases for the Year of the Pig. The Royal Mint debuted its lunar collection in 2014 and reaches its midway point in 2019 with the sixth release..
Great Britains lunar coins debuted in 2014 with designs from Chinese-British citizen Wuon-Gean Ho. Ms. Ho has designed all of the images in the Shengxiao Series for the Royal Mint of England since the programs debut, creating a singular image for use across the silver and gold coins in the collection.
The 2019 issue year marks the midway point of the Royal Mints program, but the final year of the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac. The Chinese lunar calendar follows a 12-year cycle that starts with the Year of the Rat and ends with the Year of the Pig. Despite the timing, the Royal Mint will continue its program through a 12-year cycle.
Officially founded in 886, the Royal Mint has its origins in the London Mint controlled by Danes occupying London and the surrounding areas in the 9th century. Since 1279, the country’s various mints have operated as a singular Royal Mint system for England.