New coins from the British Virgin Islands are a “charming” option for
collectors celebrating the Lunar New Year.
The Pobjoy Mint has issued bronze and silver coins that are produced
in the shape of a Chinese lock charm to celebrate the start of the
Chinese New Year, which, beginning on Feb. 8, 2016, is the Lunar Year
of the Monkey.
This type of charm is based on the traditional Chinese device used
to safeguard possessions and property and its main purpose is to
protect a person from evil and to bring good luck, fortune, official
rank and long life, according to the Pobjoy Mint. The Chinese New Year
can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February, and
these lock charms are usually presented to family and loved ones and
placed under pillows at the time of the Lunar New Year.
The Uncirculated bronze $1 and Proof silver $10 coins show an
intrepid monkey walking along a branch surrounded by cherry blossoms,
among the most popular flower symbols of good luck. The silver coin is
highlighted with color on the cherry blossoms.
The obverse features a new effigy design of Queen Elizabeth II
exclusively used by Pobjoy Mint.
Both coins are 46 millimeters wide and 32.86 millimeters tall.
The bronze $1 coin weighs 22.8 grams, has a mintage limit of 5,000
pieces and costs $29.95.
The silver $10 coin weighs 31.103 grams, has a mintage limit of
1,000 pieces and retails for $169.
To learn more details, and order the coins, visit the Pobjoy Mint website.