African Leopard one-ounce silver bullion coin from Scottsdale Mint is back for the third year

Scottsdale are back with a new addition to their limited mintage Ghanaian issued range of bullion coins called African Leopard. As you can tell from that name, it’s one of an expanding selection of bullion coins featuring animals, and especially, big cats. The first of this particular series to debut came in 2017 with a decent 50,000 mintage issue. This was followed last year by an excellent and atypical design showing a leopard dragging its prey into a tree. A tiny mintage of just 8,500 meant this one sold out quickly.

This years issue has seen the mintage rise back up a little to 25,000 units. That seems to be a decent number these days, balancing between a reasonable premium and good collectability. The image employed is a clever one. The leopard head poking through a hole in the shape of the African continent is neat, and aided by a surrounding pattern that could almost be ocean currents or winds. The series title and the coin composition are inscribed here.

The common obverse remains. The effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley takes centre stage, surrounded by the inscribed denomination and issue details. As before, the attractive leopard skin pattern across the whole face is back in attendance. It makes a pleasant change to see some effort put into this face.

Available to buy individually or in strips of five coins mounted to a card, this is a good addition to a decent series. A more inventive depiction of this quite spectacular animal than usual. Available to buy from 22nd August, you should be able to pick this up from the usual Scottsdale stockists, with APMEX already having them up for pre-order.

DENOMINATION 5 Cedis (Ghana)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
FINISH Bullion
MINTAGE 25,000
BOX / C.O.A. No / No