More dinosaurs, this time from the Royal Australian Mint (RAM), who’ve launched a four-coin set in silver. A few years ago, the Perth Mint released five coins in their Australian Age of Dinosaurs series, featuring several beasts of old that were far less known than the usual roster we’ve come to expect, and this new set follows that example.
This time, we have four Cretaceous animals, all first discovered in the last 35 years, and representing a good mix of different genera. There’s a sauropod, a predatory theropod, a herbivorous theropod, and an ankylosaur. None of them are particularly impressive examples of their types, as it seems the general lethality and esoteric nature of modern Australia wasn’t so obvious 100 million years ago.
Each coin looks great, in our view, exhibiting good anatomy and pose, eschewing exaggerated views, and the colour of the earlier Perth Mint issues. We are especially fond of the Diamantinosaurus coin, that sensibly chose a close-up of this huge animal, rather than try to fit it all in. All are good, with our only real criticism being the placement of the 1 DOLLAR denomination, which in all four cases is really annoying. Why it couldn’t be placed on the obverse along with Queen Elizabethosaurus, is a mystery.
Sold as a set, each coin weighs 11.66 grams (about one-third of an ounce) and is struck in 0.999 silver to a proof finish. The presentation looks very good, and the $240.00 AUD set has a mintage of just 1,000 units, so it’s no surprise that the mint has limited it to one per customer. Base metal sets are available for as little as $12.00 AUD. Available now.