2018 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Dog BU
Designed by Wuon-Gean Ho, the fifth design in The Royal Mint's Shengxiào Collection features a playful terrier in honor of The Year of the Dog.
- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Coins will be in protective capsules.
- Mintage of 138,888.
- Obverse features new guilloche background design.
- Obverse: Displays the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 2 pounds.
- Reverse: Features a bouncy terrier, full of life and very playful. The textured background represents an imprint of the dog's nose.
- Official legal tender backed by British government.
Capture the very essence of the Year of the Dog with this prestigious Silver coin produced by the Royal Mint. Add this stunning 2018 1 oz Silver Year of the Dog coin to your cart today!
The 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog 2018 coin is the latest in The Royal Mint’s Shengxiào Collection. Combining centuries of Chinese tradition with British minting craftsmanship, the collection celebrates the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, or Shengxiào, and their distinctive characteristics and qualities.
Just as a dog is seen as a faithful companion, people born in the Year of the Dog are believed to be true and loyal friends. Typically they are honest, kind and will do everything for the person they think is most important. Due to their loyal personality, those born in the Year of the Dog often work in jobs that involve helping others. They are popular in the workplace as they are easy-going and happy to lighten the load of those around them.
The dog Wuon-Gean chose to incorporate into her coin design is the terrier. Dogs of the terrier type have been known in the UK for many hundreds of years and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters. The trend for depicting terriers in art boomed in the nineteenth century. “The dog depicted in this design is a mixed breed, looking like a West Highland White Terrier crossed with a Jack Russell. I wanted to show the energy and exuberance of a more compact dog. Bouncy, full of life and very playful, terriers have a quick intelligence, lots of loyalty and big personalities.”
The minting of coins began in England around the end of the second century B.C. Around A.D. 650, coins were made by craftsmen called “moneyers” in London. In 886, during the reign of Alfred the Great, the London Mint was designated to be a single institution, though there were many other mints in operation around this time. In 1279 the London Mint was moved to the Tower of London where it remained for the next 500 years. Famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton was the Warden of the Mint in 1696 and as such was responsible for investigating cases of counterfeiting. Three years later he was made Master of the Mint, until his death in 1727, and was responsible for moving England from the Silver standard to the Gold standard in 1717.
The Royal Mint had outgrown its home in the Tower of London so during the 18th century the rickety wooden shacks the mint occupied were rebuilt to accommodate mechanized and rolling mills and coining presses and provide more space. Soon, however, the mint outgrew this new location and in 1809, the mint moved from the Tower of London to an adjacent site in East Smithfield called Tower Hill. By 1899, the Royal Mint was striking 100 million coins a year.
In 1967 it was announced that mint would move from its location at Tower Hill to Llantrisant, Wales, following Parliament’s decision to decimalize currency and in 1968 the first coins were officially struck by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the new location in Wales. In 1986, the Royal Mint celebrated 11 centuries of continuous minting. In 2009, the Royal Mint was vested into a government-owned company to provide greater operating and commercial freedom.
One unique aspect of the Royal Mint is a procedure known as the Trial of the Pyx, dates back to 1282 and ensures newly-minted coins meet required government standards. The trials have been held once a each year since their inception and have changed very little over time. These trials are presided over by a judge with a jury of expert assayers and were held at the Palace of Westminster before they were moved to the modern-day site at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The ceremony was so named after the boxwood chest in which coins were placed for presentation to the jury.