One of MDM’s specialities is their range of Mother of Pearl insert coins. Aimed at the higher end of the market, they’ve been produced with various subjects over the last few years, many with some quite esoteric subjects like bicycles or Mississippi steamboats. A silver or gold coin, they contain a large plug of mother of pearl, each issue having a particular colour, which is carved with an image. A perfect example is the beautiful Lunar horse coin, one we think is the best lunar of that year.
This pair follow the normal pattern for these. The MoP plug depicts a scene of the Apollo 11 lunar landing site which carries on into the border in struck form. The title and denomination are inscribed in the border. Issued for the Solomon Islands, the effigy of the head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, sits in the centre of the obverse in Ian Rank Broadley form.
Packaging is always decent with these and the themed box emplyed here looks well up to the task, as you’d expect of a five-ounce, limited-edition, precious metal commemorative coin. Mintages of 750 for the silver and just 25 for the gold are quite tight given the subject matter.
|COIN||MOTHER OF PEARL SERIES||STANDARD SERIES||DOMED|
|DENOMINATION||$25 Solomon Islands||$200 Solomon Islands||$10 Barbados||$5 barbados||$5 Solomon Islands|
|COMPOSITION||0.999 gold||0.999 silver||0.9999 gold||0.999 silver||0.999 silver|
|WEIGHT||155.5 grams||155.5 grams||0.5 grams||31.1 grams||50.0 grams|
|DIMENSIONS||65.0 mm||65.0 mm||11.0 mm||38.61 mm||80.0 mm|
|MODIFICATIONS||Mother of Pearl||Mother of Pearl||None||None||Domed, colour|
|BOX / COA||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes||Card / Yes||Card / Yes||Yes / Yes|