Singapore Launches Lunar Ox Coins for New Year

by CoinNews.net on January 6, 2009 · 1 comment

The Singapore Mint on Saturday launched a series of commemorative Lunar Ox coins struck in cupro-nickel, silver, and gold. The coins celebrate the 2009 Chinese New Year or "Year of the Ox," which begins January 26.

Singapore Issues cupro-nickel, silver and gold "Year of the Ox" coins.

The coins are available as singles, in sets and range from Brilliant Uncirculated to Proof. The gold ox coins comes in three different sizes and denominations. The are two silver commemorative, with the $10 edition colorized and packaged by itself or within the 2- or 3-coin set.

The following table summarizes the offerings, lists current prices and provides direct links to the Mint page for each coin:

Singapore Lunar Ox Coins

 
Type
Bullion
Weight
Diameter
Mintage
Price
$2 Cupro-Nickel
Proof-Like
N/A
20.00g
38.70mm
8000
S$21.00
$2 Silver
Proof
20g
62.21g
45.00mm
6000
S$67.00
$10 Silver- Color
Proof
2 oz
62.21g
45.00mm
20000
S$163.00
$3 Gold
BU
0.3g
0.30g
7.00mm
3000
S$51.00
$5 Gold
Proof
1/4 oz
7.78g
21.96mm
2000
S$572.00
$100 Gold
Proof
1 oz
31.10g
33.00mm
2000
S$2,084.00
2-Coin Set (includes $10 silver proof color coin and $2 cupro-nickel coin)
3000
S$228.80
3-Coin Set (includes 1 oz gold proof coin, $10 silver proof color coin and $2 cupro-nickel coin)
500
S$2,553.00

The Singapore Mint says the designs are:

 

Inspired by the "Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branches" the Chinese characters, 己丑, meticulously inscribed as motifs on the coins, add an oriental flair, while also celebrating the endearing virtues of the ox – leadership, honour and compassion.

 

In November of 2008, The Singapore Mint released Macau silver and gold coins with colorization that also featured an ox design. More information for these follows:

 
Type
Bullion
Weight
Diameter
Mintage
Price
100 Patacas Silver
Proof
5 oz
 not listed
40.70mm
600
S$88.00
250 Patacas Gold
Proof
1/4 oz
not listed
21.96mm
3000
S$606.00

 

The Year of the Ox coins will be shown at several Singapore Mint Lunar Fair locations between January 5 to January 24.

About The Singapore Mint

The Singapore Mint was established in 1968 by Dr Goh Keng Swee, Minister for Finance at that time. It was to cater to Singapore’s circulation coin requirements after Singapore’s independence.

Over the years, The Singapore Mint has constantly been at the forefront of new minting technologies with relentless pursuit in research and development. This has led to maximizing on hybrid techniques to create high security and innovative features on circulation and commemorative coins.

Focusing on quality system and standards, The Singapore Mint is a certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 organization.

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NANCY January 19, 2011 at 3:58 am

Looking to buy one oz gold coin of lunar new year of the OX issued by Singapore Mint.

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