The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the customs of the Lunar New Year with special gold commemorative coins. Chinese lunar coins honour this important cultural event and bring elements of the celebration to the people of Canada. Colonial Acres Coins offers a variety of gold coins for collectors or those looking for a unique gift to give in 2021. This is the Year of the Ox, and the Mint has released a gold coin in honour of this impressive creature and symbol on the Chinese zodiac. Find out what makes this symbol so unique and special on these collectible coins.
The Lunar New Year
One of the most significant holidays in Chinese culture, the people of China and others around the world mark the Lunar New Year. In 2021, the observance falls on Feb.12, and is the start of this exciting holiday. Some of the customs with the Lunar New Year include putting up red decorations, spending time with family or going home to visit them, setting off fireworks and giving gifts or red envelopes filled with money.
The Year of the Ox
The Chinese zodiac features 12 animals that represent each year during a Lunar New Year cycle. Every 12 years, the cycle starts over again. The first symbol of the Chinese zodiac is the rat, which was the symbol of 2020. The other signs on the Chinese zodiac are ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Now, as 2021 approaches, the Lunar New Year will celebrate the Year of the Ox. Babies born in 2021 will be associated with the ox, which is considered to be hardworking, valuable, strong and honest. People born under this sign may also demonstrate these characteristics.
Each year’s animal sign also is paired with one of the five elements, which are metal, fire, water, wood and earth. Next year, the ox will be associated with the element of metal. Some believe it’s possible to predict one’s fortune based on their animal and elemental sign in the Chinese zodiac.
According to the zodiac, babies born in 2021 in the year of the metal ox may experience hardships early on but should find success and happiness later in life. People born under this sign may be most compatible with those born in the year of the rat, snake or rooster. Blue, yellow and green are their lucky colors, and bamboo and lily of the valley are their lucky plants.
The Gold Ox Coin
The coin from the Royal Canadian Mint aims to capture the personality and pride of this steadfast symbol of the Chinese zodiac. The coin is a limited edition special piece, with only 1,500 being released. The 18-karat solid gold $150 coin features a folk art design of the ox and a Chinese character on its reverse and Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
Commemorative Gold Chinese Lunar Coins
The 2021 coin for the Year of the Ox is the 12th coin from the Royal Canadian Mint that marks the symbols of the Lunar New Year. The Mint has released commemorative coins marking each of the symbols in gold and silver. These coins make a great gift during the New Year celebrations for those needing the perfect keepsake for their lucky red envelopes.
Welcome in 2021 and the lucky new year this winter with this stunning gold coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. Celebrate a special someone who was born during the Year of the Ox with this beautiful piece, or find the right Chinese Lunar New Year coin for you and your family members by checking out the selection at Colonial Acres Coins.