Parisian coin producer Art Mint, makers of such excellent quality coins as the Mandala series, the Stradivarius, and the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, have debuted a new coin that will be the first in a new annual series depicting animals. Each coin will have an inset glass eye and come in at two-ounces of fine (0.999) silver with an antiqued finish.
They’re off to a good start with the choice of format – chunky, antiqued silver coins being particularly desirable in the current market. Inset items such as glass, mineral or one of a multitude of weirder items are often seen as hit or miss with collectors. We’d be amazed if anybody considered this a miss. The inset eye is integrated so well into the artwork that the coin would be weaker without it, ironically creating a solid focal point that draws your eye towards it. The reverse is typically Niue, the usual inscriptions and an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The serial number is engraved into the coin edge and there’s a Certificate of Authenticity included in the fine looking packaging, so as you’d expect from the Art Mint, the quality is as high as ever.
Available from the end of May, the coin is currently enjoying an introductory special price for a week and full details can be found at our usual blue-button link at the bottom of the article. Dealers that stocked the Mandala coin will likely get these as well. The regular price is set at €320.00, so not a bargain effort, but the 500 mintage coin is from one of the best producers around and very likely to sell out. The Purrminator likes it, and she’s a great judge.