Mongolian Issues Marking the Year of the Mouse

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As part of the “Lunar Collection”, CIT Coin Invest dedicates the next issue to the Mongolian Year of the Mouse. The highlight of this series is a little, silver mini-sculpture of the mouse, struck with smartminting technology.

Mongolia / 1000 Togrog / Silver .999 / 22 x 32 mm / 1 ounce / Mintage: 999.

Description of the Coin

The obverse of the coin, which is struck on a blank in the shape of a stylized mouse, shows the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia within a lightly incused circle. Beneath, it bears the inscription “1000 Togrog” in Cyrillic characters and, beneath that, “MONGOLIA 1 OZ .999 SILVER” in Latin characters. In addition it depicts the features of a smiling mouse, the flanks are adorned with floral elements. The year 2020 is punched on the base.

The reverse matches the obverse but without the inscription or emblem.

Mongolia / 1000 Togrog. / Gold .9999 / 11 mm / 0.5 g / 5,000 pieces.

Description of the Coin

The obverse shows the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia. Beneath, it bears the inscription “1000 Togrog” in Cyrillic characters and, beneath, “MONGOLIA 0.5 g .9999 GOLD” in Latin characters.

The reverse depicts a left-facing standing mouse within an ornate border, which is filled with floral motifs. There are similar motifs on the mouse’s flank and cheek. In the exergue: 2020.

Mongolia / 100 Togrog / Silver .999 / 150 x 70 mm / 5 g / 5,000 pieces.

Description of the Banknote

The obverse of the banknote shows the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia with the following inscription: “BANK OF MONGOLIA / It is certified that these minted / commemorative notes are legal tender of / The Bank of Mongolia (The Central Bank).” / Ag .999 – 5 g – 5000 pcs – 150×70 mm – 2020 and 100 TOGROG.

The reverse depicts a mouse decorated with floral elements. In the background, guilloche patterns and floral elements. Inscription reads “YEAR OF THE MOUSE” and twice “100”. 

Background

On 5 February 2019, the people of Mongolia celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Pig. To mark this occasion, CIT Coin Invest launched its successful “Lunar Collection”, which is made up of two commemorative coins in silver and gold, as well as one silver banknote, for every year of the Chinese calendar. In October 2019, the next issue was released: it is dedicated to the Year of the Mouse, Mongolia’s equivalent to the Chinese Year of the Rat.

The Mongolians did not directly adopt their calendar from the Chinese, but rather from the Uyghur people, who modified it slightly. So, when Mongolians think of this year’s animal, they don’t think of the rat, detested by Europeans as plague-carrying vermin, but rather the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). This animal’s cute appearance makes it a popular pet.

The exceptional piece from this series is the little, silver mini-sculpture of the mouse, struck with smartminting technology. The sculpture’s little base allows the lucky owner of this item to set it up wherever he wants.

 

Here you can find more information about the silver coin, the gold coin, and the banknote.

You can see the little sculpture of the silver mouse, struck with smartminting technology, in this video:

You can learn more about the Mongolian calendar here.