NGC Special Labels and Designations for China's Year of the Rat Gold and Silver Coins

Posted on 11/18/2019

Submitters can choose NGC's special Year of the Rat label to celebrate the coins featuring the next sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) is offering special labels and designations to celebrate China's 2020 Year of the Rat Gold and Silver Coins, which have been released on November 18, 2019.

First issued in 1981, the Chinese Zodiac Gold and Silver Coins have become one of the country’s most popular series. To celebrate the rat, the next Chinese zodiac animal, the People’s Bank of China is issuing 17 coins, including 10 gold and seven silver coins. The obverse of Each coin features China's National Emblem with auspicious patterns, while the reverse shows an image of rat in either a realistic style or a traditional Chinese decorative art style. The coins are also available in various shapes, including round, fan, rectangle and scallop.

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NGC's Year of the Rat label echoes the themes of the new releases and continues NGC's popular Lunar Series of special labels. It includes an image of a paper cut rat in red, a color associated with good luck and happiness in Chinese culture. In addition, it can also be used with other 2020 coins or any rat-related coins. The label is available by request for an additional fee of US$5 per coin.

Coins received by NGC within the first 30 days of their release are eligible for NGC's popular EARLY RELEASES and FIRST RELEASES designations. To learn more about NGC Early Releases and First Releases, please click here. To see NGC Early Releases / First Releases cutoff dates, click here.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit coins under the NGC Modern grading tiers or higher.
  • All coins submitted must be graded.
  • Select the NGC Oversize Holder option (+US$15) for coins whose diameter exceeds 45mm.
  • Indicate your desired label and/or Releases Designation on the submission form. If no special label or Releases Designation is indicated, the coin will receive the standard label and description without a Releases Designation.
  • If you would like packaging returned, select “Return Packaging” on the submission form. The fee is US$5 per form plus the cost of shipping.

The following designations are available for the 2020 Year of the Rat Gold and Silver Coins:

Designation options Fee Directions
Early Releases +US$5 per coin
On the submission form, select Early Releases.
First Releases +US$5 per coin
On the submission form, select First Releases.
(No Releases Designation)   By default (The coin will not receive a Releases Designation if it is not requested on the submission form.)

The following labels are available for the 2020 Year of the Rat Gold and Silver Coins:

Label options Fee Directions

Year of the Rat #1213
+US$5 per coin By request.

(Select Special Label on your submission form and enter Year of the Rat #1213, or Year of the Rat #1214 for Oversize Holders.)

Early Releases and First Releases are available on this label for an additional US$5 designation fee, if applicable.

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form, or Early Releases #491 for Oversize Holders.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form, or First Releases #489 for Oversize Holders.

NGC Standard Brown #377
Free By default. (Except for the Early Releases and First Releases designations.)

All fees are in United States Dollars.


Please contact NGC Hong Kong Customer Service at or (+852) 2115 3639.

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Bulk Submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, all coins must be purchased on the first day that a new issue is available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date.

Interested in bulk submissions? Contact our sales representatives:

Mateo Zhao: (+86) 156-1839-8207 or

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