Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The five ounce (5 oz) silver coins are denominated as ten pounds (£10).

The coins are legal tender but are not intended for circulation. They are targeted at bullion investors or collectors who appreciate the special editions as pieces of art. The coins are typically "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs.

The 2020 Year of the Rat bullion coins are part of the Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection - a coin series dedicated to the Chinese Lunar calendar.

As the mint says:
"For centuries The Royal Mint has drawn upon its unrivalled heritage, experience, and craftsmanship to evolve and meet the needs of an ever-changing market. In 2014 we struck the United Kingdom’s first Chinese Lunar coins, introducing a new series and a United Kingdom first. The Shēngxiào Collection, named to honour the Chinese zodiac, is a celebration of the UK’s diverse multi-cultural society. At Chinese New Year, gifts and tokens are exchanged, particularly the gift of money in red envelopes, symbolising good wishes for the recipient’s health, wealth and prosperity. These Lunar coins from The Royal Mint embrace this globally observed tradition, lending a unique British angle to an ancient tradition."

"People who are born under the sign of the Rat are thought to be quick-witted, practical, adaptable, kind and intelligent. With strong intuition skills, they always easily adapt to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, Rats can take advantage of various opportunities well. Rats are very curious, so they tend to try their hand at anything.

People born under the sign of the Rat have quick minds and dexterous hands, enabling them to make it easier to learn new skills. With an active, almost hectic nature, Rats enjoy a flexible social circle and tend to flit between friendship groups when they please. They are interested in attending different kinds of social occasions and events. They like to make new friends but they rarely have many that are very close. Rats have a charming appearance, which can attract even more friends."

The five-ounce silver coins were issued boxed, in Proof FDC grade only (Royal Mint Product Code: UKR20S5, issue price £420.00).

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage188
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a rat in dense floral undergrowth.

Around above, the inscription YEAR OF THE RAT · 2020.

Above left, the Chinese character for "rat": . In the lower right, the designer's initials PJL (for PJ Lynch).

Reverse Inscription YEAR OF THE RAT · 2020 鼠
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Notes

Many of the coins in the Lunar series have a Maximum Coin Mintage featuring the number 8, considered "lucky" in Chinese culture.

See also

Coins issued by the Royal Mint to mark the Lunar Year of the Rat 2020 include:
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Year of the Rat 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Year of the Rat 2020
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, Year of the Rat 2020

All (80) coins of type: Silver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Five Ounces 2012 London Olympics 5,056 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D · TEN POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2012 Diamond Jubilee 1,933 ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · TEN POUNDS
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Britannia 4,054 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Coronation Anniversary 1,604 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D TEN POUNDS · 2013
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Prince George Christening 912 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D · TEN POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2014 Year of the Horse 799 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2014 WW1 - Outbreak 606 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG F · D TEN POUNDS
Silver Five Ounces 2014 Britannia 1,348 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Year of the Sheep 331 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 10 ' POUNDS '
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Churchill 605 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 10 POUNDS · 2015
Silver Five Ounces 2015 World War One 355 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2015 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Princess Charlotte Christening unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 1,499 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN POUNDS · 2015
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Britannia 995 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 WW1 - Poetry and Language unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Shakespeare 343 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 1,727 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Britannia 783 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Year of the Rooster 380 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Platinum Wedding 1,057 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · TEN POUNDS
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 1,446 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 WW1 Centenary 357 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Lion of England 677 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 461 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Britannia 669 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Year of the Dog 165 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Four Generations 399 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 591 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 661 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 459 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Britannia 453 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Victoria and Albert unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Legend of the Ravens unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Ceremony of the Keys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Yeoman Warders unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Crown Jewels unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets 390 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Britannia 340 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Britannia 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 The Three Graces 510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 James Bond 440 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - Elton John 425 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Music Legends - David Bowie 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Prince Philip 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Music Legends - The Who 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Gothic Crown 506 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Queen Victoria - Gothic 506 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Britannia 386 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Platinum Jubilee 1,006 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 The Seymour Panther 306 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 The Lion of England 306 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 British Monarchs - King Henry VII 281 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 British Monarchs - King James I 281 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 British Monarchs - King George I 281 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 British Monarchs - King Edward VII 281 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Music Legends - The Rolling Stones 606 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Vera Lynn 246 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 City Views - London 256 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 City Views - Rome 206 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Harry Potter 310 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Harry Potter - Hogwarts Express 310 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2022 In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II 3,000 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2023 The Yale of Beaufort 306 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 10 POUNDS ·
Silver Five Ounces 2023 British Monarchs - King Henry VIII 257 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 10 POUNDS · 2023 ·
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Silver Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value10 (x Pound)
Total Mintage188
Mintage Limit188
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerPJ Lynch
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.0000 mm
Mass156.3000 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-BWVK-ONXQ
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