Downies’ lunar zodiac coins make a better New Year’s gift than a red envelope ever could! Get ready to enjoy the excitement and good fortune of the Chinese New Year, all year round. Our spectacular lunar animal coins, and coin collections, come in pure gold and silver, as well as gold and silver plating, with a range of exciting features like pearl, crystal and jade embellishments! Sure to get numismatic collectors and followers of the Lunar Zodiac roaring with delight.
The ‘Spring Festival’, or Chinese New Year, is a significant annual event in China and around the world, based on the Chinese Lunar Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, or Shu Xiang. This is an ancient 12-year cycle that assigns a specific animal to each year – each with its own attributes. Those born in a specific year are said to share the characteristics of this animal.
According to the auspicious legend of the great race, the Jade Emperor proclaimed the sequence of the animals in the zodiac would be determined by the order in which they arrived to his party. They are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
The most recent animals celebrated in the lunar cycle were the ox (2021) and tiger (2022). 2023 will be the year of the rabbit, said to be kind, sensitive, artistic!
Find your lunar coin in our lucky line-up and give yourself, or someone special, the gift of prosperity and happiness. The race is on, browse now…