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1/2 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Year of the Rat (2020)

1/2 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Year of the Rat (2020)

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Mintage: 18,888
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Our most affordable 2020 Rat coin in 1/2 ounce 99.99% pure silver—the ideal gift for rat lovers!

Your coin celebrates the Rat's symbolism as a bringer of joy and longevity. It features a Rat jumping among the branches of a pine tree, an evergreen that is treasured for its strength and longevity. Together, they remind us that life is best lived in balance where maturity knows youthful enthusiasm, wisdom finds wit, and stoicism can reverberate with playful energy. It's a cherished, universal message for all struck in the Mint's unique specimen finish.

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with this adorable 99.99% pure silver coin! Order today!

Special features:
  • OUR MOST AFFORDABLE YEAR OF THE RAT COIN! The perfect gift or keepsake for a friend or loved one born in the Year of the Rat—prestige on a budget!
  • THE PERFECT GIFT—FOR THE RAT IN YOUR LIFE! Your coin's universal design will captivate anyone with a fondness for rats. It's the ideal keepsake for friends or loved ones born in the Year of the Rat (2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924).
  • AUTHENTIC CHINESE DESIGN! Features the distinctive style of Asian folk art, which has been beautifully engraved on your coin.
  • INCLUDES A GOOD LUCK MOTIF! The Chinese character for “rat” is engraved on the rat's flank while a good luck coin motif adorns its back, and auspicious peonies and plum blossoms fill the remainder of its body.
  • BEAUTIFUL SPECIMEN FINISH! The finish on your coin combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined background. No other mint in the world offers coins with this kind of finish.
  • UNIQUE MINTAGE! Limited to 18,888 coins worldwide.
  • HALF OUNCE PURE SILVER! Your coin is crafted from 1/2 ounce of 99.99% pure silver. No GST/HST!
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.


Canadian artist Aries Cheung created this delightful design of a rat jumping among the branches of a pine tree. Clusters of pine needles look fan-like as they sweep up the left side of the coin field. On the right, a playful rat dives into the branches with one paw stretched out to its left. The rat's agile body curves along the outer edge of the field and its tail curls inward just above the pine branches to unify the composition. The Chinese character for “rat” is engraved on the rat's flank while a good luck coin motif adorns its back, and auspicious peonies and plum blossoms fill the remainder of its body. “CANADA 2020” and “10 DOLLARS” are engraved above and below the design. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt with “ELIZABETH II D.G. REGINA” engraved along the outer edge of the coin.

Did you know…
  • The rat is a central figure in numerous creation myths. It chewed open a gourd to release heaven and Earth that were trapped inside, and gnawed a hole in the sky to set spirits free. Some Asian cultures have temples dedicated to the gentle and benevolent rat.
  • Lucky symbols for Rat people include the numbers two and three, the colours blue, gold and green, as well as the lily and African violet.
  • Famous Canadian Rat personalities include Bobby Orr, Margaret Trudeau, David Suzuki, Elvis Stojko and Stompin' Tom Connors. HRH Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Winston Churchill are also Rats.
  • Chinese New Year shifts every year due to the lunar cycles. This affects the zodiac for people born in January and February. For example, the Year of the Rat begins on January 25, 2020 and ends on February 11, 2021.


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order today!

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  • No.174142
  • Mintage18,888
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishspecimen
  • Weight (g) 15.87
  • Diameter (mm) 34
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value10 dollars
  • ArtistAries Cheung (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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