It was in mid-2015 that CIT Coin Invest showed off the first of its new prehistoric themed coins. Coming as quite a surprise at that years ANA show, it was called Evolution of Life and depicted a rose-gilded ammonite on a background that looked like a fossil matrix. Issued for Mongolia, it had a similar basic style to this producers hit Edangered Wildlife range, but did away with the Swarovski crystals, for obvious reasons given the fossil subject.
Just a year prior to that, CIT had taken their equally well regarded Tiffany Art coin, then having its tenth anniversary, and produced a stunning one-kilo version which has remained on the release schedule ever since. They don’t issue many kilo-class coins, but we’re glad that when they do one, it was the superb Evolution of Life which was chosen. This one is being handled by European producer AllCollect, but it’s a larger copy of the CIT-issued original.
Nothing in the last three years has diminished the design of this ammonite design. It’s a beautiful looking piece that we can only imagine will look exceptional at over thirty times the weight. With a diameter of 100 mm, every little piece of detail will be visible. You can probably tell that this was one of my favourite designs of the last few years, but this supersize version is sadly out of my league. The picture of the big and small coin together is an approximated mock-up I did and gives an indication of just how much bigger the new beast is.
The obverse is also a straight copy, although with a larger denomination, of course. We’ve not yet seen packaging, but both CIT and AllCollect treat their premium releases very well, so we’re not expecting a tarted-up old pizza box for its presentation. The mintage is just 99 pieces, and it should retail somewhere between €2,500-3,000. It should be available to pre-order shortly, but won’t ship until Jan/Feb next year.