Silver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. Most of these by tradition are measured in troy ounces of fractions thereof, but the mint also introduced metric coins measuring one kilogram of pure metal (they are actually fractionally heavier as a whole, to account for the small amount of other metal in the alloy).

The 1 kg silver coins are denominated as Five Hundred Pounds (£500), although their intrinsic (bullion) value is much higher than their face value. The coins vary in design depending on the occasion (they are "one-year" types usually issued in parallel with smaller denominations with the same reverse designs).

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 2023 Year of the Rabbit coins are part of the Royal Mint's Shēngxiào Collection - a coin series dedicated to the Chinese Lunar calendar.

The mint says:
"Marking the start of a Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is now celebrated in cities all over the world. Bringing friends and family together in colourful celebration, the festivities are closely linked to the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The year 2023 is associated with the rabbit - a highly symbolic creature in Chinese folklore and tradition. Cautious and considerate, the rabbit represents humility, elegance and kindness, and many believe that those born under this zodiac sign possess these traits. The tenth release in The Shēngxiào Collection - our series celebrating the lunar calendar - is the Year of the Rabbit 2023 UK Coin, which is available in a range of limited-edition gold and silver Proof editions, as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition. Featuring a design by the artist Louie Maryon that captures the rabbit’s characteristic qualities, the result is a beautiful fusion of British and Chinese culture."

The range was released on 8 September 2022, in advance of the Chinese Year of the Rabbit (22 January 2023 to 9 February 2024).

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage52
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit - 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 · 500 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 · 500 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a rabbit at the edge of a creek, with grass and falling leaves in the background. Above it, the Chinese character for rabbit, .

Around above, the inscription YEAR OF THE RABBIT · 2023.

On the ground below left, the designer's initials LM (for Louie Maryon).

Reverse Inscription YEAR OF THE RABBIT · 2023 兔
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box with a traditional red shipper.
Limited Edition: 50. Maximum Coin Mintage: 52.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK23LRSK
Date of issue: 8 September 2022. Sold out immediately.
Issue price: £2,330.00

See also

Coins issued by the Royal Mint to mark the Lunar Year of the Rabbit 2023 include:
- 1 kg Gold Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Year of the Rabbit 2023
- £5 CuproNickel, Brilliant Uncirculated, Year of the Rabbit 2023

All (50) coins of type: Silver Kilo (1 kg)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Kilo 2012 London Olympics 910 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2012
Silver One Kilo 2012 Diamond Jubilee 206 Royal Arms ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS
Silver Kilo 2013 Coronation Anniversary 301 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2013
Silver One Kilo 2013 Prince George Christening 194 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS
Silver Kilo 2014 First World War Outbreak 165 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2014
Silver Kilo 2015 Longest Reigning Monarch 278 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by James Butler ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2015
Silver Kilo 2015 Churchill 69 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D 500 POUNDS · 2015
Silver Kilo 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 447 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2016 ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Year of the Rooster 61 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Sapphire Jubilee 225 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Platinum Wedding 96 ELIZABETH II D G REG F D · PHILIP PRINCEPS · 500 POUNDS
Silver Kilo 2017 Lion of England 117 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 80 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Year of the Dog 49 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Sapphire Jubilee 92 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Armistice unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2018 ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Red Dragon of Wales 129 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Black Bull of Clarence 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2018 Britannia 236 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Year of the Pig unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Victoria and Albert unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2019 ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Falcon of the Plantagenets unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Yale of Beaufort unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2019 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 The Three Graces 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Kilo 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 White Lion of Mortimer unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 White Horse of Hanover unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2020 James Bond 10 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Britannia, Premium Exclusive unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 White Greyhound of Richmond unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Griffin of Edward III unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, Proof unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 The Queen's Beasts Completer Coin, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Prince Philip 77 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2021 Gothic Crown 128 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Year of the Tiger 38 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Britannia - Womanhood 43 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 Platinum Jubilee 147 Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 The Seymour Panther 72 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2022 The Lion of England 72 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2022 City Views - London 52 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2022 In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II 500 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 500 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit 52 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2023 Britannia, Bullion unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
Silver Kilo 2023 The Yale of Beaufort 72 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 500 POUNDS ·
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Silver Kilo 2023 Year of the Rabbit: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value500 (x Pound)
Total Mintage52
Mintage Limit52
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerLouie Maryon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,005.000 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-DYLR-ENQG
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