Year of the Pig

As we celebrate the Chinese New Year, we’re looking back at our Lunar coin collection. The Year of the Pig the latest in our popular Shēngxiào Collection.

The series lends a unique, contemporary British angle to an ancient Chinese custom. During Chinese New Year it is common to exchange tokens and gifts of money in red envelopes symbolising good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.

The pig is the last sign of the Chinese zodiac, signalling the end of the cycle which starts anew in 2020 with the Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture the pig is thought of as an intellectual and those born in that year are seen to be as inquisitive and intelligent.

What does it mean to be born in the Year of the Pig?

The pig is thought of as an intellectual in Chinese culture and people born in the Year of the Pig are seen to be inquisitive and intelligent. It is in their nature to enjoy exploring different solutions to problems.

Typically, people born in the Year of the Pig are known to be diligent, compassionate and generous. They value friendship highly, and never betray their friends unless in drastic circumstances. This means they tend to be popular in their social circles.

Admired for their kindness and gentle nature, the characteristics of people born in the Year of the Pig tend to be the most selfless in the Chinese zodiac.

Designer Harry Brockway’s Year of the Pig coin design captures the characteristics of the lunar sign beautifully, and fuses The Royal Mint’s craftsmanship and artistic skills with the centuries-old Chinese tradition of giving coins at the Lunar New Year.

To read more about the design, click here.

To view the range, click here.

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