Working its way through an eight-coin 2018 program, Scottsdale Mint have now released the third in the range. Following issues for Antigua & Barbuda, and for Saint Kitts & Nevis, this issue is for the island haven of Dominica. The EC8 bullion program will issue for a range of island nations throughout the Caribbean – those that are part of the East Caribbean Central Bank zone.
The coin for Dominica is a unique one (only the obverse is common in this program) and depicts a woman in native attire looking across the water at a seaplane flying past, perhaps coming in to land. Just the island name is inscribed on this face in a script font, everything else sitting where it belongs in the border on the obverse.
No changes to the formats on offer. The bullion coin comes as a 1oz 0.999 silver (25,000 mintage) and a 1oz 0.9999 gold (2,500) variants. There are also proof commemorative versions with similar weights but with coloured highlights and these are supplied in a white coin box with a certificate of authenticity. 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.
An iinteresting series that collects many places that rarely, if ever, have bullion coins issued for them, into a coherent whole. There aren’t many bullion issues done like this, so it makes a nice change from the norm. Despite there being eight coins, the low mintage means that even in their most prolific 1oz silver form, the total across the eight designs is only 200,000 coins. Still to come are issues for Anguilla, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. This one has just appeared on APMEX who have had a head start in the US, but availability should increase worldwide over the next few days.