2015 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Sheep BU

2015 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Sheep BU

In 2014 The Royal Mint struck Britain’s first Lunar coins, beginning a prestigious new series by an esteemed British Chinese artist. In 2015 we continue the Shengxiào Collection of Lunar coins with a new coin celebrating the Year of the Sheep.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Obverse: Two horned sheep, designed by British Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho, signifying friendship and family, the Chinese character for sheep, and the weight and purity.
  • Reverse: Effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 2 pounds and year of issue.
  • Official legal tender backed by British government.
Protect and display your 1 oz Silver Lunar Sheep in style by adding this attractive display box to your order.

Capture the very essence of the Year of the Sheep with this prestigious Silver coin produced by the Royal Mint. Add this stunning 2015 1 oz Silver Year of the Sheep coin to your cart today!

The Shengxiào Collection – a series of 12 Lunar coins to be struck for the United Kingdom – continues with a coin for 2015 celebrating the Year of the Sheep. Series artist Wuon-Gean Ho has created an intricately detailed design once again combining British and Chinese heritage. Finished to perfection in .999 fine Silver, this is a must-have to continue your collection or, with an ounce of Silver, a most auspicious gift.

Wuon-Gean Ho began the Shengxiào Collection with a powerful coin for the Year of the Horse, and will go on to complete a series of 12 coins, all embodying the traditions of Chinese New Year with a contemporary British twist. This, her second design, is a wonderful way to continue your collection and it would be such a welcome gift for any important event or special person in 2015.

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 2015 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Sheep BU
2015 Great Britain 1 oz Silver Year of the Sheep BU
4.4 Overall

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Nice coin, not my favorite

By  Georgia Dave

from Jasper, GA

4.0

I bought this coin just to add something a little different to the silver stack and because I was born in the year of the sheep. It's a nice coin and I like it OK, but I'd love it if the design had some contrast. The entire coin is near-proof finish, both background and design. A matt finish on the design would have made it pop. Glad I got it, but probably won't be adding any more of the UK lunars--at least not till the year of the sheep comes around again! Ha!

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Nice Coin

By  Mike

from Utah

5.0

I have to admit, this wasn't my first choice in lunar coins this year. The design really never really spoke to me, like the NZ lunar goat did. It is a very well done coin, though, from a quality perspective. It does look better in person. Glad I picked it up for my collection, but the design isn't my favorite. If you like the design, I highly recommend it.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Unattractive Design

Nice Coin

By  Geoff

from California

3.0

It's a nice coin overall; although there was a small spot on the BU coin that I received.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • Little Spot On The Coin

Love this Year of the Sheep Bullion Coin

By  Dorsetgal

from Big Sandy, TX

5.0

I raise sheep and will keep buying this coin throughout 2015. APMEX has the fastest shipment too. My go-to company for gold and silver. Great company to do business with.

Pros

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

"Great coin from a well known mint"

By  CHIPSDICE

from ROUND ROCK, TX

5.0

GREAT BRITTANNIA PRIVY COIN

Pros

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

Beautiful coin!

By  Hebdre

from Tennessee

5.0

These coins are very high quality! By buying through apmex you know its going to be a guaranteed good experience. Silver prices will most likely go up one day to its true value. Stock up on these coins!

Pros

  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)

Very pleased with this Lunar Series Coin

By  Shawn H

from Redding Califorrnia

5.0

Beautiful coin. Fast Delivery

Pros

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

Nice coin

By  LC

from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.0

I bought this coin because I also own the 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse coin. I love the proof like finish.

Pros

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

Freshly minted from the mint

By  Fred 02

from Illinois

4.0

The received coin had great luster and was well struck.

Pros

  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)

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