LUNAR SKULLS: A REFRESHING NEW TAKE ON THE LUNAR COIN MARKET

We all know that the Lunar market can sometimes seem an endless procession of coins with similar themes and designs, and while there are releases that rise above the pack, it’s genuinely rare to see something completely different. We’re not talking about inset crystals, agate, gilding or fluorescence for example, but something that deviates from the overall theme. A quick look through our huge Year of the Goat Superguide will show you scores of coins, pretty much all with the same basic design; a picture of a goat.

Coming from nowhere, and from a new arrival on the coin producing scene is the debut release in a new 12-coin series entitled ‘Lunar Skulls’. Depicting exactly what you’d expect from the title, each coin will feature the skull of the lunar animal. Fortunately, despite being one of the less impressive animals visually, the goat has a seriously cool looking skull and that’s been ramped up to 11 by Portland, Oregon based tattoo artist, Kiana Roo, whose work can be seen at Kangaroo Paw Tattoo.

The new coin producer is SM Mint, an extension of a US coin dealer who runs from an EBay store called Son-Montuno. Their website will be up shortly and we look forward to what comes next after this impressive debut.

DESIGN

The front of the coin features a high-relief depiction of a goat skull drawn head on by tattoo artist Kiana Roo, whose signature is integrated into the artwork. Surrounding this are inscriptions featuring the series name, the series subject, the date, and the composition.

The obverse features the emblem of the Republic of Ghana, a country which currently has a relatively low profile in the numismatic market. The denomination of 5 Ghanaian Cedis is around $1.50 USD for those interested.

Each coin is engraved with a unique serial number that will match the supplied Certificate of Authenticity, a nice touch. It will be available in two finishes; a proof with a run of 500, and a Brilliant Uncirculated/Satin finish with a larger mintage of 2,000.

At present we’ve only seen artwork, but being struck in high-relief we’ve high expectations that the finished article will be worth it.

SON-MONTUNO MINT

Son-Montuno has been operating on eBay for coming up to fifteen years now selling a wide variety of mainly precious metal coins, earning a 100% feedback rating of almost 6,000. They’ve now taken the bold step of commissioning and selling their own coins through a new company called Son-Montuno (SM) Mint.

This first coin has been a huge hit, selling out batches of proof coins in a matter of hours since its debut a few days ago. The BU coins also seem to be flying out, so clearly a coin with great potential for appreciation and a highly promising debut for the new company.

Websites are currently being set up for both www.smmint.com and www.skullcoins.com, but at present just click the blue button at the end of the article to hit their eBay store.

The price of the proof has risen from $89 to $179 as stocks deplete, and they’re still selling, so if you want a proof in particular, don’t hang about.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION 5 CEDIS
COMPOSITION 0.999 SILVER
WEIGHT 31.10 g
SIZE 38.61 mm
FINISH PROOF / BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED
MINTAGE 500 / 2,000
ARTIST KIANA ROO
BOX / COA NO / YES (SERIALISED TO MATCH COIN)
SON-MONTUNO EBAY STORE
By | 2016-11-05T06:32:45+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Silver, Ghana, SM MINT|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Koichi Ito November 25, 2014 at 08:13 - Reply

    Where Son-Montuno Mint is located at what country, province, or city?

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate November 25, 2014 at 16:55 - Reply

      They’re US based

  2. Koichi Ito November 25, 2014 at 11:32 - Reply

    So which collector coin distributor sell this 2015 Ghana Lunar Skull silver one ounce coins?

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate November 25, 2014 at 16:52 - Reply

      Click the blue button above to buy from the coin producer. They ship worldwide.

  3. Keep Calm & Stack On November 25, 2014 at 15:15 - Reply

    Awesome updates and site – thanks Mik!

    Any thoughts on who the ‘other dealers’ maybe in receipt of the coins? Thanks KCSO

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate November 25, 2014 at 16:53 - Reply

      First Coin Company have them as well, although the price of the proof may make you light headed. They’re a solid dealer.

  4. Koichi Ito November 26, 2014 at 11:54 - Reply

    Where in the U.S.A. does Son Montuno Mint is located in what state and city as well as address and zip code? And also what is the phone number for Son Montuno Mint?

    • Mik Woodgate
      Mik Woodgate November 26, 2014 at 21:28 - Reply

      Sorry Koichi, like most private mints, they’re quite low-key organisations.If you have a question for them, please contact them through their eBay store at the blue button link above.

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