Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse

Like many other mints, the Royal Mint issues bullion coins in precious metals, having much higher intrinsic value than their face value. The one ounce (1 oz) silver coins are denominated as two pounds (£2).

Initially, these were only of the Britannia type, but in 2015 the Royal Mint started to use the format for coins with other types of reverse designs, celebrating various aspects of British heritage.

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 2014 Year of the Horse bullion coins were the first in 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."

The coins were issued as "bullion" (Brilliant Uncirculated grade), as well as proofs for collectors.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' 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.

The rim of the obverse is not "crenellated" (with a toothed border), unlike the Britannia coins - with the exception of some coins struck with such a border in error.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse - reverse photo

The reverse design combines elements from both British and Chinese heritage. In the foreground of the design stands a powerful leaping horse, bringing to life the active characteristics of those born in the Year of the Horse - gregarious, charming, lively and strong.

Beneath the horse’s feet lies the famous Uffington Horse, a pre-historic white horse carved into the chalk hills of Oxfordshire.

Around above left, the inscription YEAR OF THE HORSE · 2014. Around above right, beneath the other inscription, the metal composition and content: 1 OZ FINE SILVER 999 (one ounce 99.9% silver). On proof coins this inscription is not present.

To the right of the horse, the Chinese character for "horse": .

Reverse Inscription YEAR OF THE HORSE · 2014 1 OZ FINE SILVER 999 馬
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage of the bullion coins is unknown (limited to 300,000).

See also

The reverse design was issued in the following formats:
- 1oz gold
- 1/10oz gold
- 5oz silver
- 1oz silver

Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Known varieties
Variety BU with content inscription
Mintage unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins with an inscription specifying the metal content.

Variety Mule with Britannia obverse
Mintage 38,000
Details

Year of the Horse reverse paired with the obverse intended for the Britannia silver ounce (£2).

Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage 6,486
Details

6,486 issued from 8,888 limit (8 is a "lucky number" in Chinese culture).

Variety Proof in PNC
Mintage 1,861
Details

Proof coin in Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), postmarked London W1, 10.12.2013. Issue limit 2,014.

Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: References to Information Used
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All (57) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 1997 Britannia 16,005 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH ' II ' DEI ' GRATIA ' REGINA ' F ' D ' 2 POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 1998 Britannia 94,121 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 1999 Britannia 69,394 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2000 Britannia 81,301 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2001 Britannia 52,459 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2002 Britannia 36,543 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2003 Britannia 78,956 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2004 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2005 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2006 Britannia - Standing unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2006 Britannia - Charioteer 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2006 Britannia - Guardian 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2006 Britannia - Waves 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2006 Britannia - Seated 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2007 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2008 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2009 Britannia 106,784 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS
Silver Ounce 2010 Britannia 132,906 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2011 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUND '
Silver Ounce 2012 Britannia unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2013 Britannia 2,387 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2013 Britannia (Proof) 7,055 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2014 Britannia 1,493 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2014 Britannia (Proof) 5,266 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2015 Year of the Sheep unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia 2,870 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH ' II ' D ' G REG ' FID ' DEF ' 2 ' POUNDS '
Silver Ounce 2015 Britannia (Proof) 5,799 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2016 Year of the Monkey unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2016 Shakespeare 999 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2016 Britannia 3,901 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2016 Britannia (Proof) 9,944 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Lion of England 8,376 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Unicorn of Scotland 5,952 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Big Ben unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Britannia - Charioteer unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Britannia 3,977 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2017 Britannia (Proof) 7,552 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Tower Bridge unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Trafalgar Square unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Royal Arms unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 The Valiant unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Buckingham Palace unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2019 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Royal Arms unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Queen (Bullion) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Music Legends - Elton John unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Bond, James Bond unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 James Bond, Pay Attention unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 James Bond, Shaken not Stirred unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2020 ·
Silver Ounce 2020 The Valiant unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Britannia unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2020 Britannia (Proof) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
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Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Ounce, One year types
Issued2014
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerWuon-Gean Ho
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.6100
Thickness (mm)3
Mass (g)31.2100
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-GBKV-OPQM
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Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Photos
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Silver 1oz Year of the Horse Proof Coin
Copyright: Royal Mint
Notes: Proof, no metal content inscription.
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Silver 1oz Year of the Horse Proof Coin
Copyright: Royal Mint
Notes: Proof.
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2014 1 oz British Silver Lunar Year of the Horse Coin (BU)
Copyright: Royal Mint
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2014 1 oz British Silver Lunar Year of the Horse Coin (BU)
Copyright: Royal Mint
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Silver Ounce 2014 Year of the Horse: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom5100, 5100A (mule), 5100B (w/ content inscription)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsUnited Kingdom KM# 1281