Producer of probably our favourite lunar snake coin, Moneda Nueva didn’t follow it up in following years but are now back with a new entrant into what is the most varied theme in modern numismatics. Issued for the Republic of Cameroon instead of Samoa, it retains the high-relief strike and the highlighted eyes that made the original such a stand-out piece.
Featuring a close-in portrait of a dog, there looks to be a great level of detail in the depiction of the hair. Just the inscription ‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ is present on the reverse face and it’s well-placed and non-intrusive. The eyes of the dog are brightly coloured and contrast well without appearing cartoonish. The obverse, also antique-finished, carries the emblem of Cameroon surrounded by the inscribed issuer, date and denomination.
Presented in a latex-skin floating frame and with a certificate of authenticity, each of the 500 coins is supplied in a themed shipper. Available around the middle of next month, this three-ounce silver coin should sell for around €375.00.