The Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator) is a species of monkey allegedly named for its facial resemblance to the German Emperor Wilhelm II. It’s found in South America and ranges across the southwest Amazon Basin, eastern Peru, northern Bolivia and in the western Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas. Reaching up to 26cm in body length with a tail around 40cm long, they weigh approximately ½kg. Most noticeable, as you can see from the coin image, they have a large white moustache extending past the shoulders on both sides. The rest of the animal is grey coloured highlighted with yellowish speckles on its chest. The hands and feet are black and the tail is brown. A playful and lively animal both in the wild and in captivity, a fine choice for a coin.
The Mint of Poland have been releasing series of natural history coins for some time using what has become their standard signature format, the 17.5g, 0.999 fineness, coloured silver coin. The main one we’ve covered to date has been the SOS Endangered Wildlife of ten coins, but there’s also been ranges called Mans Best Friends and Stunning Galaxies, for example. A recent debut has been an avian series called Fascinating Birds and now the Mennica Polska has turned their attention to the furry end of nature with Astonishing Animals. As you may have guessed, a characterful monkey called the Emperor Tamarin is the first to feature. Like the SOS Endangered Wildlife coins, these ones have embedded Swarovski Elements crystals embedded in them, and much like Coin Invest Trusts Mongolian-issued showcase series, they’re used for the eyes. While we’re not personal fans of these crystals in many cases, used properly they can enhance a design and that’s the case here. Not as interesting a use as the magnifying glass in the aforementioned SOS series, they work well enough in our opinion.
The coin is available to order now with, we understand, immediate shipping. If they’re struck to the same standard as the Mint of Polands other like-minded ranges, they’ll be beautifully finished. The mint doesn’t sell direct but prices should hover around the €50-60 mark.