2018 Great Britain Kilo Gold Year of the Dog Proof (Box & COA)
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Mintage of only 10 coins! In 2018, the Shengxiào Lunar Collection from the Royal Mint continues with another endearing design from British-Chinese artist Wuon-Gean Ho. The coin honors The Year of the Dog with a playful terrier.
- Contains 1 kilogram (32.15 oz) of .999 fine Gold.
- Comes in a mint box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
- Mintage of 10 coins.
- Obverse: Depicts the fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the face value of 1,000 pounds.
- Obverse: 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.
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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.”
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