2021 1oz Gold Proof Coin – Lunar Year of the Ox

The 2021 1oz Gold Proof Coin - Lunar Year of the Ox

The Shengxiào Collection, named after the Chinese zodiac, was introduced by the Royal Mint in 2014. Each year a Lunar animal of the Chinese zodiac representing that year is shown.

2021 is the Year of the Ox. You are year of the Ox if you were born in 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 or 2021. We may refer to this coin as Gold Lunar Year of the Ox 2021.

The number eight is believed to be lucky in Chinese culture, so each mintage is limited to 888. These coins are available (subject to stock) from the Royal Mint Shop.

The Reverse, by Harry Brockway, shows an Ox grazing in a field.


  • Weight: Pure gold content 1 Troy oz
  • Diameter: 32.69 mm
  • Alloy: 999.9 Fine Gold
  • Denomination: £100

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

Besides the BU coin, the same design is available in silver 1oz proof, silver 5oz, gold 1oz and gold 1/4oz.

Image credit: The Royal Mint

Mintage: 888 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 2021 ?
The Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minster is Boris Johnson. New (20 January) US President is Joe Biden (D-Delaware) and vice-president is Kamala Harris. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic still dominates World news and face masks are the norm. People and Businesses struggle after a long lockdown.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
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