Along with Evolution of Life, Magnificent Life was a new series that debuted at the ANA show in 2015 and signalled that CIT were not going to be saving all the best stuff for the World Money Fair in Berlin at the start of every year. The Peacock was the initial subject of choice and this was follwed up last year by the Wasp Spider. Obviously from just this first pair of coins you can see that the net will be cast far and wide as far as subjects are concerned.
To hammer that point home, the third coin features the Cobra snake, bringing in a third class of animal in as many coins. At heart, these are relatively straightforward designs, concentrating on a quality implementation rather than inserts or unusual finishes. Struck to a proof finish and employing SmartMinting for a high-relief design sitting within a concave face, the coin just recieves some selective colouring to highlight the cobra’s head.
It’s a great design, the hood of the animal, (we’re assuming an Indian Cobra from the image, although the coin is themed for the family in general), filling the face perfectly with the snout rising from the coin centre and enhancing the depth. Just the series name is inscribed on this face, following the rim fairly unobtrusively, although more noticeable than other recent releases like the Chergach meteorite coin and the Ichthyosaur. As it’s a Cook Islands issue, the obverse carries the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of QEII.
Packaging comprises the usual wooden box with a themed image on the lid and there will be just 999 of these 1 oz fine silver coins produced for sale. Animal lovers will no doubt want to add this one to what is turning out to be a varied range of critter coins, especially as the one coin per year release schedule isn’t too taxing, something that can affect the popularity of a series. WIth the new skull coins, Chergach, the Ichthyosaur and the beautiful Marine Life Protection finale coins we’ll cover tomorrow, CIT had a great run at ANA this year.