2014 Great Britain 1 oz Gold Year of the Horse BU

2014 Great Britain 1 oz Gold 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 2014 Lunar Year of Horse coin is the perfect way to continue the Lunar New Year gifting tradition that brings good fortune to the recipient.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Housed in a protective plastic flip.
  • Obverse: Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 100 pounds.
  • Reverse: Year of the Horse, 2014, the weight and fineness.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the British government.
Display this 1 oz Gold Lunar Horse in style by adding an attractive display box to your order.

This Gold coin would be a great addition to any bullion collection. Add this Brilliant Uncirculated 1 oz Gold Year of the Horse coin to your cart today!

The Shengxiào Collection – a series of 12 Lunar coins to be struck for the United Kingdom – starts with this coin for 2014 celebrating the Year of the Horse. Series artist Wuon-Gean Ho has created an intricately detailed design combining British and Chinese heritage. This is a must-have to start your collection with an ounce of gold, or a most auspicious gift.

The Shengxiào Collection will go on to complete a series of 12 coins, all embodying the traditions of the Chinese New Year with a contemporary British twist. This would be such a welcome gift for any important event or special person born during the year of the horse.

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.

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Great Coin, I am sorry however that I had a bad experience dealing with APMEX on a different order. I was a "VIP" customer I imagined that meant they would make an effort to resolve disputes, that is not the case.

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