A last release before 2017 draws to a close, Scottsdale today debuts the gold variant of its new Barbados Trident silver bullion coin. Launched back in September with a 30,000 mintage, it was an attractive design and we were promised gold versions were coming back then. The first of them, the one-ounce version, is now out and the one-fifth ounce variant should follow soon.
No surprises to those familiar with the silver coin. The design on both faces is identical, bar the obvious changes to denomination and composition. The trident is large and centrally placed, everything else being background to it. The obverse features the national emblem of Barbados, a good-looking element that suits the coin well.
Just 5,000 of the one-ounce variants will be produced and each will be packaged in the very secure Certi-Lock packaging. This uses multiple techniques (hologram, encrypted barcode, synthetic DNA), to make the coin as counterfeit proof as possible and appears to work well. An interesting addition to Scottsdales range, although for us at least, the gorgeous Egyptian Relics gold coin is still the standout of this mints selection.