2014 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Horse BU

2014 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Horse BU

The Royal Mint has launched a series of Lunar coins that lend a unique British angle to an ancient tradition. The 1 oz Silver Lunar Year of the Horse coins, in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, are a first for The Royal Mint.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Housed in a protective plastic flip.
  • Obverse: Displays the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 2 pounds.
  • Reverse: Features a dynamic galloping horse design, along with the year of issue, weight and purity. The stunning design was produced by British Chinese artist and printmaker, Wuon-Gean Ho.
  • Official legal tender backed by British government.

Protect and display your Silver Year of the Horse coin in style by adding an attractive display or gift box to your order.

Capture the very essence of the Year of the Horse with this prestigious Silver coin produced by the Royal Mint. Add this stunning 2014 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Horse BU coin to your cart today!

One of the oldest institutions in the world, the Royal Mint began producing coins for England, and eventually Great Britain, more than 1,100 years ago. The mint also produces and exports coins for other countries, as well as military medals, and other products for the British government. The Royal Mint has been witness to the legendary kings and queens, political upheavals, social and governmental progress, and scientific and technological breakthroughs.

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.

Customer Reviews of 2014 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Horse BU
2014 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Horse BU
3.6 Overall

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Milk spots all over the reverse!

By  Alex

from Canada

1.0

The reverse is covered in milk spots. Some scuffs on the edge of the reverse as well. Disappointing. Expected better quality from APMEX.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Great coin. Excellent resale value

By  Shawn H

from Redding Califorrnia

5.0

Love the design.

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Easy to Sell
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)

Poor Condition

By  Anon13

from Mesa, AZ

1.0

My coin didn't have the dreaded milk spots, but it arrived scratched and scuffed. The scuffing is on both the field and the relief, so it's clearly not just from coins rubbing together in a tube. It looks like someone handled it very roughly and with bare hands. I bought this as a gift for my goddaughter. Unfortunately, it is most definitely not in giftable condition. Coincidentally, both the other brand new coins in this order were also damaged. I don't know what APMEX is playing at here, but this is not the first time I've received coins from them that were in questionable condition. It's just the first time I've been furious enough to return them.

Cons

  • Poor Condition

Roll was picked over wont buy unsealed

By  Silverboy

from Florida

1.0

I bought 20 of the new Great Britain Lunar Horses assuming it would be a mint roll, upon reciept the coins were flipped over and two had milk spots indicating this roll was searched for high grade coins, I guess they do this will all their coins.

Cons

  • Poor Condition

beautiful coin at a great price

By  tyland

from ripley,TN

5.0

great investment at a great price

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Attractive Design
  • D
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Great Addition To My Worl

Beautiful Coin

By  Len

from East Hanover, NJ

5.0

I purchased this coin because it was a new 2014 issue from the Royal Mint and it celebrated the Year of the Horse. The design is very beautiful and would have been better if there was some luster contrast. Nevertheless, it makes a good addition to any collection.

Pros

  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Recognized Brand

We don't know UK history, but...

By  Hi-Yo Silver!

from Minneapolis, MN

5.0

Most people that haven't looked at why this is designed this way. In the background is the famous Uffington-White Horse which is significant. The figure presumably dates to "the later prehistory", i.e. the Iron Age (800 BC–AD 100) or the late Bronze Age (1000–700 BC). This view was generally held by scholars even before the 1990s, based on the similarity of the horse's design to comparable figures in Celtic art, and it was confirmed following a 1990 excavation led by Simon Palmer and David Miles of the Oxford Archaeological Unit, following which deposits of fine silt removed from the horse's 'beak' were scientifically dated to the late Bronze Age. Minted in 999.9 Fine Silver, it's was a definite buy for me. This is a first Lunar calendar mintage for the Royal Mint.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Key Date
  • Easy to Sell

great coin

By  jm

from sanborn,ny

5.0

the brilliance of the coin was as expected

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition

There is always next year!

By  Brad

from Colorado Springs, Colorado

3.0

Wow! From a Great country that has a deep equestrian history and an endless portfolio of great artists and art given to the world and a proud People you would think they could have come up with something a bit more interesting and impressive than this! Looks like the 5th grade drawing contest winner. Must be a good story behind that design!

Pros

  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Common (higher mintage)
  • Unattractive Design

A first for the Royal Mint, "invest" now

By  Brad

from Colorado Springs, Colorado

4.0

Great chance to purchase an inaugural issue. Looking forward to this first issue to be a key coin to own. Hope the engraver/ designer can work on making a more appealing image with subsequent years. This horse artwork is unremarkable.

Pros

  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition

Cons

  • Unattractive Design

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