Scottsdale Mint has launched the first of its limited mintage silver bullion coins for 2018. Staying with the nautical theme used for last years Fijiian coin – Hokusai, The Great Wave – the subject this year is an interesting bit of stylistic design depicting a mermaid.
Called Mermaid Rising, the coin shows parts of a mermaid breaking through the surface of the water. A clever piece, the coin looks clean and uncluttered with just the coin name and composition inscribed on it. The obverse has the Fijiian national emblem in its centre, surrounded by the inscribed issuer, date and denomination. Available only as a one-ounce 0.999 silver coin, the mintage is a very tight 15,000 pieces – less than a third of last years issue.
As they often do, Scottsdale have also made a coloured proof version to sit alongside the bullion coin. The design is the same, but struck to a higher proof standard and coloured on its reverse face. This variant comes in a white box with a certificate of authenticity. Its mintage is capped at 2,500 pieces.
A good-looking coin we think, with a mintage limit that should generate excellent collector appeal with bullion buyers. Unlike some of Scottsdale’s other issues, we don’t believe this one will see a gold variant. This Fijiian series is turning into quite an attractive range. Available to order now.