A couple of months ago the Royal Dutch Mint released a restruck, modern version of one of the most important coins in history, the Lion Dollar. Available in two sizes of proof silver and two of proof gold, the coin was a quite beautiful and very popular. Now the mint has decided to go a step further and release a one-ounce silver bullion version.
Almost identical to the proof version in design, the main difference seems to be the loss of the old-style uneven edges – what the Monnaie de Paris uses on its Women of France and Clovis coins and calls their ‘Historical Strike‘. Having a rim does take away a little of the faux authenticity of the proof, but really, we’re nitpicking here. This is a beautiful coin and one that deserves to do well on looks alone.
Just 25,000 of these will be produced and we think it will prove a popular choice with collectors. Struck in an ounce of fine (0.999) silver, the sales price at LPM HK puts it in the mid-range overall, but very well priced for something with a mintage this limited. Issued by a European state, it will also be seen as a bit more important than one of the countless limited run bullion coins issued for African or Oceanic states that add their name to the coin without having much to do with the production of them.
The real beauty of this one is that it’s different to just about everything else out there. We like our nature-themed bullion coins as much as anyone else, but you do occasionally feel like every animal on the planet features on one. A surprising release and a very pleasant one. Possibly our favourite bullion coin of the year so far.