Featuring the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation at the center of the obverse side, the 2016 UK 1 oz Gold Monkey coin presents the words “Elizabeth II. D. G. Reg. F. D.” and “100 Pounds” distributed in a circular manner along entire circumference of the coin. This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled on March 2, 2015 and was designed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
Distributed in a semi-circular pattern along the upper half of the reverse side of the 2016 UK 1 oz Year of the Monkey gold coin features the engraved inscription “Year of the Monkey,” and the weight, purity and year. On the forefront, a rhesus monkey swings gracefully from the branches of a tree while another does the same in the background. The reverse side also features the Chinese character for “monkey” on the lower, right hand side of the coin in a celebration of the 9th animal of the Lunar calendar.
To maintain the high quality of the coins and their uncirculated brilliance, each coin is packed in a protective plastic flip. For larger numbers of coins, orders of 10 or more are packaged in tubes, and those which consist of 100 or more coins will be shipped in “Monster Boxes” that will contain 10 tubes of 10 coins per tube in each box. Each coin weighs one troy ounce of .9999% pure gold, and has a standard measurement of 2.7 mm in thickness and 32.69 mm in diameter. The Royal Mint had kept this coin’s mintage under strict control, striking only 8,888 individual 1 oz coins, making it not only a unique way to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Monkey, but also a rare collectible that will be available for a short time only
About the Year of the Monkey
The official start of the Year of the Monkey will take place on February 8, 2016, during the celebration of the Chinese New Year, giving way to the year 4714 on the Chinese calendar, even though Chinese astrologists have pointed out that the actual first day of the Year of the Monkey will be four days prior on February 4. Those born in the Year of the Monkey are believed to be not only smart and adventurous, mischievous and playful, as well as wise and ambitious, although they can also have a short temper and be somewhat arrogant.
So don’t hesitate and get yours today! Whether you were born in the Year of the Monkey, or are looking to purchase another beautiful addition to the Shengxiào Collection, the 2016 Great Britain 1 oz Gold Year of the Monkey is always a wise and welcome investment.