Celebrate Year of the Pig with APMEX
The Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, marks the first day of the new year in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese Lunar Calendar differs from the Gregorian calendar, and though business in China is generally conducted according to the Gregorian calendar used by most of the world, Chinese celebrations are still celebrated according to their traditional calendar, which dates back to 2637 BCE.
The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a 12-year cycle calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar and relates to different animal signs. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, Pig, dog and pig. One belief about this practice is that Buddha promised gifts to all animals that would pay him homage. Only 12 animals came to honor Buddha, so he gave each of them one year to call their own on the Chinese Zodiac. People born during a given animal's years are said to bear distinctive characteristics of that animal.
Beginning on January 28, the Chinese Zodiac begins the new Year of the Pig. The birth years for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. Those born in these years are said to be happy, easygoing, honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave.
APMEX offers a wide variety of Precious Metals products commemorating the Year of the Pig. These make a thoughtful gift for anyone born in the Year of the Pig as well as a fun and fascinating way to mark the growth of one’s Precious Metal collection or investment portfolio.
Among the many Year of the Pig items available from APMEX is the iconic Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series’ 2019 1 oz Gold Lunar Pig. This 12th coin in the Lunar Series completes the series that began in 2008 and features a pig with its head held high, shown among stylized rocks and a peony. This tasteful design incorporates the Chinese character for "Pig,” the inscription “Year of the Pig”, and The Perth Mint's traditional “P” mintmark.
For those who admire the ever-popular Perth Mint Lunar Series but find a large Gold purchase beyond their means at the moment, the famous Australian coin is also minted in .9999 fine Silver. The 2019 1 oz Silver Lunar Pig coin has all the appeal of its Gold counterpart, at a more accessible price point.
Of course, there are Precious Metals products besides coins to choose from. In addition to APMEX bars and rounds, we’re excited to release APMEX Gold and Silver Foil Notes to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Calendar coming full-circle. These gorgeous Foil Notes feature floral print and geometric shapes to represent the gentle, but brave attributes of the pig. APMEX bars and rounds in .999 fine Silver feature a boar, the initial inspiration behind the Pig Zodiac, grazing underneath peony with its offspring.
We at APMEX wish you a Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Collecting!