13 October 2018
The Royal Mint has issued ‘Year of the Pig’ bullion coins, the latest coins in their series intended to attract the investor market
The Royal Mint’s ‘Year of the Pig’ bullion coins are the latest in the Royal Mint Bullion Lunar series following the gold and silver lunar Monkey, Rooster and Dog bullion coins issued in previous years.
The Royal Mint’s Director of Precious Metals, Chris Howard, said:
'The Year of the Pig is the latest coin to join our Royal Mint Bullion Lunar series. As in previous years we expect to see strong sales globally in what has become a popular series with investors.'
The coins’ designer, Harry Brockway, said:
'As a wood engraver I work on a very small scale, so being asked to do designs for coins was not a difficult leap for me to make. As a stone carver and maker of memorials I often work in bas-relief and cut letters in stone. I enjoy the challenge of working within such strict parameters, combining image and lettering to produce a coherent and satisfying design.'
The Royal Mint’s lunar bullion coins are struck as one-ounce 999.9 fine gold coins and one-ounce 999 fine silver coins. Whilst they could be classified as collectable coins, they are aimed at the investor market and the gold or silver is the attraction for buyers, rather than simply the design.
The coins are available 'worldwide through specific bullion wholesalers' and directly from The Royal Mint at www.royalmintbullion.com