The Royal Canadian Mint has recently launched an array of new gold and silver coins to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Horse. Within the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, people born between the dates of January 31, 2014 and February 18, 2015 will be born within the Year of the Horse.
The new coin releases carry the "2014" date and carry four different designs, which appear across six different limited mintage gold and silver coins.
A close up profile of a horse designed by Canadian artist Simon Ng is featured on a one-half ounce 99.99% fine silver coin. These coins are struck with a specimen finish and carry a limited mintage of 58,888 pieces.
The full figure of a horse in motion as designed by Canadian artist Aries Cheung appears on both gold and silver coins. The 18 karat gold coin is struck in a composition of 75% gold and 25% silver with a weight of 11.84 grams and diameter of 28 mm. Struck to proof quality, the gold coins carry a maximum mintage of 2,500 pieces. The 99.99% silver coin bearing the same design has a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. Struck to proof quality, the silver coins have a maximum mintage of 28,888 pieces.
A 99.99% silver coin with a scallop shape finishes a design by Three Degrees Creative Group. The shape of the coin is reminiscent of the lotus flower. These coins are struck to proof quality, with a weight of 26.7 grams, diameter of 38 mm, an maximum mintage of 28,888 pieces.
Another design by Three Degrees Creative Group features a dramatic portrayal of a horse, which appears on 1-kilo sized gold and silver coins. The gold coin is struck in 99.99% purity to proof quality and carries a maximum mintage of just 18 pieces. The silver kilo coin is struck in 99.99% purity to proof quality, with a maximum mintage of 388 pieces.
Please visit this page to view these coins as well as the most recent product releases from the Royal Canadian Mint.