Are you adaptable, smart, positive, flexible, outgoing and cheerful? Then you just might be born in the Lunar Year of the Rat!
The Chinese Zodiac calendar can be tracked back as far as the 14th Century B.C and has fascinated the imaginations of millions of people since.
As part of the eternal twelve-year cycle, an animal and its reputed attributes are assigned to each year.
Like so many ancient traditions, the origin stories of the Chinese Zodiac vary. Some say that the Buddha called on animals to help mankind and only 12 responded. Others say a Great Race was held to determine which animal would be placed in the zodiac for eternity.
Excitingly for coin collectors, in tribute to the legend of the Zodiac, The Royal Mint have released a brand new Chinese Zodiac £5 coin in Superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality for the first time ever!
A coin collecting first – Lunar Year of the Rat £5 in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality
Starting in 2014 with the Year of the Horse, The Royal Mint have released a £5 coin as part of their Shēngxiào Collection every year.
However, until now these coins have only ever been available in precious metal.
This year, for the first time ever, The Royal Mint has issued a £5 coin as part of their Shēngxiào Collection in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality.
A coin collecting first, the 2020 Lunar Year of the Rat Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin has been intricately designed by Royal Mint engraver P.J. Lynch to capture the characteristics of the people born in the Year of the Rat.
The design shows a single rat crouched and sniffing the air, showcasing its agility and inquisitiveness.
Other qualities associated with those people born in the Year of the Rat are intuitiveness and acuteness, while the element for these people is Water. Their lucky numbers could also include 2, 3, 6 and 8 and they should avoid number 4, 5 and 9.
The Chinese Zodiac Calendar – what animal are you?
There are twelve animals in total in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, but do you know what animal you are?
We’ve listed all twelve Zodiac animals below – let us know in the comments below if you think you match with your animal and its given characteristics!
- Rat: quick-witted, smart, charming, and persuasive
- Ox: patient, kind, stubborn, and conservative
- Tiger: authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense
- Rabbit: popular, compassionate, and sincere
- Dragon: energetic, fearless, warm-hearted, and charismatic
- Snake: charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, and smart
- Horse: energetic, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling
- Sheep: mild-mannered, shy, kind, and peace-loving
- Monkey: fun, energetic, and active
- Rooster: independent, practical, hard-working, and observant
- Dog: patient, diligent, generous, faithful, and kind
- Pig: loving, tolerant, honest, and appreciative of luxury
Secure your 2020 UK Lunar Year of the Rat £5 in Brilliant Uncirculated quality
For the first time ever, The Royal Mint have released a brand new Chinese Zodiac £5 coin in Superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality.