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

Silver Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinSilver Ounce 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. The one ounce (1 oz) silver coins are denominated as either two pounds (£2) or five pounds (£5), depending on the occasion.

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 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).

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 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 · 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Silver Ounce 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
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Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in presentation box with a traditional red shipper.
Limited Edition: 2,888. Maximum Coin Mintage: 3,998.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK23LRS1
Date of issue: 8 September 2022
Issue price: £95.00

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

Showing 10 from a total of 110 coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2022 Peter Rabbit 3,510 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Robin Hood - Maid Marian unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2022 Robin Hood - Little John unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2022 British Monarchs - King Henry VII 1,260 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 British Monarchs - King James I 1,260 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 British Monarchs - King George I 1,360 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 City Views - London 2,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2022 In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Silver Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Silver Ounce 2023 The Yale of Beaufort, Proof 6,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
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Silver Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), One year types
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit3,998
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerLouie Maryon
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Thickness3.0000 mm
Mass31.210 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-KZJP-EMNY
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