The smallest of the series which US coin behemoth APMEX calls its ‘APMEXclusives’ is now joined by the second of the three coins that it comprises. North American Predators is a 2oz antique-silver series, struck by the Mayer Mint in Germany and produced by Liechtenstein-based industry favourites, Coin Invest Trust for the American dealer, and carries many of the hallmarks associated with its pedigree. The antique finish, unusual insert, and fine quality leave little doubt that this isn’t something knocked up on the quick.
APMEX do seem to have a thing for the format; Scottsdale Mint’s epic 60 coin, 10 year Biblical Stories set, and the 15 coin Vikings: Gods, Kings and Warriors series are also distributed by the company, and both are 2oz antique silver ranges. To be fair, it is a format that has garnered huge popularity over the last couple of years, possibly because of the Perth Mints super Gods of Olympus series, along with its subsequent sequels. The North American Predators coins are a little more traditional in that they still incorporate a rimmed design and more traditional artwork.
The unusual, and actually very well done difference here is the ceramic insert that highlights one of the animals teeth, a good choice for what are after all, a predators. After last years Grey Wolf we’ve headed to the nautical realm with a much rarer subject, the Sealion. The artwork is very clearly of the same ilk as its predecessor. Fur detail is as fine as last years, and the pose is very similar indeed, so it’s fair to say if you loved the first one, you’ll want the second. The insert is an exercise in perfect placement and restraint, often the point where a design can fall flat on its face, there’s no sign of that here. It’s nice to see something like a Sealion used as the subject instead of the usual culprits, a good selling point in a market where difference is often the make or break factor in a coins success.
Packaged in the same wooden box that CIT have standardised on for a while now, there’s no mistaking the heritage – the Certificate of Authenticity being another giveaway. At $149.99, the coin has debuted at ten bucks more than the 2015 coin, but the spot price has inched upwards lately, so not a huge surprise, and still far cheaper than the other two APMEXclusive series we mentioned earlier, pretty good considering the tiny mintage. Available to order now.