According to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the year of “Man’s most loyal friend.” Those born under the sign of the Dog are loyal guardians and honest friends who are eternally compassionate. They are bundles of energy, but they are also known for showering family and friends with support and love. This is the 9th coin in the popular 12-coin Lunar series featuring the signs of the Chinese zodiac. The perfect gift or keepsake for a friend or loved one born in the Year of the Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006—and this year’s newborns from February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019.
The reverse commemorates 2018 as the Year of the Dog with a design that emphasizes the noble character of its animal representative. Viewed in side profile, the dog is the very image of a faithful protector and courageous companion as it looks beyond the coin’s scalloped rim. Beneath its muzzle lies the engraved Chinese character for “dog,” while the timeless beauty of magnolia blossoms adds an ornamental flourish to the left side of the coin. These ancient blooms are far more symbolic, however, for they represent nobility and purity, and are a fitting floral tribute to a sign associated with some of humanity’s more virtuous qualities. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.