Just a few days ago we wrote about a new antique-finish silver coin from German coin producer MCI-Mint featuring the biggest land carnivore in world history, the Spinosaurus. We learned at the time that there was to be a proof finish version released by another, but carrying the same design. That coin has now launched and does indeed have exactly the same specification as the antique coin.
One major difference that may mean the new coin is cheaper, is the mintage of 5,000. This represents a ten-fold increase over the antique one, so collectors may be better served with the rarer MCI coin. When we see the proof coin for sale we’ll have a better idea of any price differential given the antique is out there at €100.
There’s also an interesting little oval-shaped 0.6g gold coin that has potential, but at 15 x 10 mm in size and only line-art available at the moment, we’ll reserve judgement until an actual coin turns up. At this size the quality of the strike is all important, but as Treasures of Oz and Coin Invest Trust have proven, it is possible to maintain a great level of detail in these tiny gold coins.
Unusually, Numiversal are also planning to release a 1/50oz oval-shaped proof gold coin. This one has completely different artwork on the reverse side, although it’s still issued for the African state of Mali. Outside of the specification and these mockup images, we don’t know any more at present, but it’s certainly an intriguing little coin.
|DENOMINATION||COMPOSITION||WEIGHT||DIAMETER||FINISH||MINTAGE||BOX / COA|
|1,000 FRANCS CFA||0.999 SILVER||31.10 g||38.61 mm||PROOF||5,000||T.B.C.|
|100 FRANCS CFA||0.999 GOLD||0.622 g||15 x 10 mm||PROOF||5,000||T.B.C.|