After the Evolution of Life, and the Prehistoric Life series from Coin Invest Trust and the Austrian Mint, MCI-Mint joined the fossil coin genre with a coin that had an actual fossil attached to it. Coming with a small Ammonite attached to the reverse face, it used the struck design to make a setting for it. Only 500 were struck and it must have been successful because MCI have released a variant of it comprising of a further 199 units. The variant version uses a rare black ammonite in place of the original, but in all other respects is identical and you can see the coin further down.
Of more note is the true second coin in this series called World of Evolution and it’s one that has moved away from the invertebrate world and headed into bigger territory. Selachii is the name for the superorder classification that sharks belong to and the coin carries a small fossil tooth. Again, the coin itself is used to provide a backdrop to the fossil, here a smattering of shark teeth and fish bones. Inscriptions include the series title, coin title, date and composition. The coin has an antiqued finish.
Struck in an ounce of fine silver, the series is issued for the African state of Burkina Faso and shares the common obverse from the first coin. Not the first coin to carry a fossil shark tooth strangely enough, Treasures of Oz did a good one in early 2015 , although in this case it was a smaller tooth actually inset into the coin in a capsule, rather than attached to the face as here. The coin theme was modern, but there are strict regulations around modern shark teeth, so the fossil was used.
Packaging is good, a clear acrylic display block that makes showing it easy, especially as part of a fossil display, perhaps. A certificate of authenticity and a coloured shipper box are also supplied. Mintage is back up to 500 for this one and the price is the same at €159.95, although the rarer Black Ammonite coin is €30 more expensive, no doubt on account of the greatly reduced mintage. Both coins are described as in stock and they can be bought directly from Euromuenzhandel. Site sponsors PowerCoin and Pela-Coins both carried the first coin and will likely get this one.