High relief coin designs are extremely popular at the moment, nearly all the world mints having at the very least dabbled with the technique. Some, like the Helvetic Mint, specalise in the technique, one much more difficult to pull off than it looks. Probably the current king of high-relief is the Choice Mint’s superb Legends of Asgard: Odin coin, shortly to be followed by the next coin in that series, Valkyrie. Now, German high-end coin producer AllCollect has gone even further with this amazing design, Lion Big Five Mauquoy.
While it can often be difficult to find out who actually strikes many coins put out by the best coin producers, AllCollect have made no attempt to cover up this information, indeed making a point of crediting the Mauquoy Mint in Belgium. They’ve even gone so far as to include the mint in the name of the coin, inscribing it on the reverse face. It’s easy to see why, as this is a strike like few others in the coin world, more akin to some of the amazing medallions put out by numerous Chinese producers. At 50mm in diameter, much like a two-ounce high-relief coin, it’s obvious that the extra three ounces of silver has gone in only one direction – depth. The coin actually approaches 12mm thick in places, quite extraordinary in the market. The obverse, depicting the emblem/crest of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, an African nation also known as Ivory Coast, is also struck much deeper than usual, but it is to the reverse face that the design shines.