Happy New Year – it’s the Lunar Year of the Dog!

Happy Chinese New Year! This year, we celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dog, an animal widely regarded as faithful and loyal. The dog follows on from last year’s Year of the Rooster and is the eleventh animal in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle.

Designer of The Royal Mint’s Shēngxiào UK Lunar Coin collection and print-maker Wuon-Gean Ho says she is “always interested in depicting animals in motion” and this movement has been captured in her design; drawing on the dog’s playful side, the dog can be seen jumping through the air “leaping across the waves.”

Were you born in the Year of the Dog?

Find out more about the dog’s characteristics, companions and some ways in which Chinese New Year is celebrated in the infographic below

We recently caught up with Wuon-Gean in our latest edition of our Designers’ Inspiration series, to find out more about her inspirations for her Lunar Year of the Dog design, and about her process, from design to print, to coin. Find out more, here.

How will you be celebrating the New Year? To shop the Lunar Year of the Dog collection, see here.

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