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2020 Year of the Rat Gold Plated Medallion

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In 2020, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on 25 January, bringing in the Year of the Rat. The Chinese zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal sign. The rat ranks first in the animal signs of the Chinese zodiac, preceding the cow, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.


  • Gold-plated, 50mm diameter medallion
  • The first New Zealand Post lunar medallion to feature colour printing
  • Only 999 available worldwide
  • A great gift for someone born in the Year of the Rat.


This limited edition, gold-plated medallion features the calligraphic character for ‘rat’ on one side, and an illustrated paper-cut rat as seen on the $2.60 stamp, on the other side. This collectable medallion is limited to only 999 worldwide and comes with an individually numbered certificate that gives further context and background to the Chinese Year of the Rat. It is presented in a specially designed case and makes a beautiful gift for anyone born in the Year of the Rat.

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Composition: Copper and zinc alloy with gold plating
Diameter: 50mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Design: Chinese lunar character for ‘rat’ and rat illustration
Designed by: Asiaworks, Auckland, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage: 999