The first ever UK legal tender coins to celebrate the Chinese zodiac cycle have been produced by the Royal Mint.
Gold and silver versions of the "lucky" Lunar coins are available and the first in the new series is dated 2014 to mark the forthcoming Year of the Horse.
Artist Wuon-Gean Ho, who is of Chinese descent and was born in the UK, was commissioned to create the design for the new coin.
They are being produced as limited editions, with 8,888 Year of the Horse coins created in total. Eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture.
The new coin combines both British and Chinese heritage. In the foreground is a powerful leaping horse, representing the characteristics associated with people born in the Year of the Horse - gregarious, charming, lively and strong.
Beneath the horse's feet lies the Uffington Horse, a pre-historic white horse which is carved into the chalk hills of Oxfordshire.
The new collection was announced as Boris Johnson, who along with Chancellor George Osborne has embarked on a high-level visit to China, suggested that British children should learn Chinese language Mandarin as standard in schools, in the same way they are taught French or German.
The Mayor of London, who is studying Mandarin himself, suggested Britons should be learning as much as possible about China as the East Asian giant expands its influence.
Prices range from £82.50 for a silver version of the coin to £1,950 for a one ounce solid gold coin.
Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin at the Mint, which has made coins for more than 1,000 years, said: " Given our own lengthy heritage, we felt we were uniquely placed to apply our craftsmanship and artistic skills to another centuries-old tradition, that of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year."
The first design in the collection can be ordered from the Royal Mint's website www.royalmint.com.