Scottsdale continue with Anguilla, the latest in their eight issue Caribbean bullion coin series

The sixth issue in the eight-coin EC8 programme, Anguilla joins the others in being showcased on a pair of bullion coins and on a pair of similar coloured proofs. Just a single debut, after two were launched last time, and that leaves St. Lucia (with a flamingo design), and St. Vincent & The Grenadines (seaplane design) yet to come.

Now I’m a little biased as I spent 18 months working on Anguilla around a decade ago, and it’s a beautiful and tranquil place, so bare that in mind when I say this is my favourite in the series to date. A very cool stylised lobster design with a patterned background fills the reverse face and does evoke memories of the place perfectly. The obverse is the same one common to the series as a whole. The proof coloured coin, especially in silver, is excellent.

The bullion coin comes as a 1oz 0.999 silver (25,000 mintage) and a 1oz 0.9999 gold (2,500), with the boxed and certified proof coloured coins topping out at a 2,500 mintage in silver, and 500 in gold. The bullion variants ship in capsules on customized Scottsdale Mint branded skin boards of five, although dealers will sell them individually. The Gold “Nature Island” BU coins will ship in Scottsdale Mint’s Certi-Lock® packaging. You can see the whole series to date in our Bullion Profile of the range.  A quite unique endeavour, Scottsdale are to be commended for the idea and implementation of the EC8 series.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

Scottsdale Mint, in partnership with the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (“ECCB”), is pleased to announce an historic, first-of-its-kind gold and silver bullion and commemorative coin program – the “EC8”. The EC8 program will consist of four coins minted in 2018 on behalf of each of the eight Caribbean island members that comprise the ECCB – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  The ECCB is the official issuer of the Eastern Caribbean Dollar – the Currency of the EC8 2018 Coin Program. These coins are legal tender in the territories of all eight members that comprise the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

The 2018 EC8 Anguilla Lobster coin depicts a stylized lobster design surrounded by a beautiful pattern of swirling ocean water, against a proof-like mirror finish. Lobster is one of the most common and important exports in Anguilla’s cultural history. Tourism is now a mainstay of Anguilla’s economy, but other important economic activities include fishing, especially for lobster and conch, and constitutes a major export to other parts of the Caribbean and the United States. Due to its internationally recognized culinary community, the island of Anguilla has enjoyed a reputation as “the culinary capital of the Caribbean”.

LIMITED PROOF VARIANTS

ANGUILLA

Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin. The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla, approximately 16 miles (26 km) long by 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population. The island’s capital is The Valley. The total land area of the territory is 35 square miles (91 km2), with a population of approximately 14,764 (2016 estimate).

Anguilla is a flat, low-lying island of coral and is noted for its spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs and beaches. Anguilla has habitat for the Cuban tree frogs. The red-footed tortoise is a species of tortoise found here, it somehow came from South America. Hurricanes led to over-water dispersal for the green iguanas to colonise Anguilla. All three animals are introduced. Five species of bats are known in the literature from Anguilla – the threatened insular single leaf bat, the Antillean fruit-eating bat, the Jamaican fruit bat, the Mexican funnel-eared bat, and the velvety free-tailed bat.

Northeastern trade winds keep this tropical island relatively cool and dry. Average annual temperature is 27 °C. July–October is its hottest period, December–February, its coolest. Rainfall averages 890 mm annually, although the figures vary from season to season and year to year. The island is subject to both sudden tropical storms and hurricanes, which occur in the period from July to November. The island suffered damage in 1995 from Hurricane Luis and severe flooding of 5–20 feet from Hurricane Lenny. (Source: Wikipedia)

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SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 East Caribbean $2 East Caribbean $10 East Caribbean $10 East Caribbean
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 38.6 mm 38.6 mm 38.6 mm 38.6 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated Proof Brilliant uncirculated Proof
MODIFICATIONS None Colour None Colour
MINTAGE 25,000 2,500 2,500 500
BOX / COA No / No Yes / Yes No / No Yes / Yes
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