The Lunar Year of the Goat coin flood continues with almost every possible permutation of shape, colour and insert hitting the shelves, mostly continuations of existing series. We’ve had a new take on the subject matter with Son Montuno’s Lunar Skull coin, and now we’ve got a new take on the inserts with a coin that needs a shave.

Featuring what the mint is calling ‘haptic perception’, this concept refers to the process by which touch is used to recognise objects. The word originally derived from the Greek ‘haptikos‘, meaning able to grasp or perceive. For this coin the word refers to a goat-like fur/hair printing applied to the image of the kid on the coin’s reverse side. We’re not sure who’s actually going to run their fingers over a silver coin and risk tarnishing it, but the option’s there if goat rubbing is your fetish..

Issued for Benin, only 2,000 of these unusual coins will be struck by German mint Geiger Edelmetalle (the mint responsible for the Noahs Ark bullion coin). The coin is packaged in an attractive box, and sealed in a custom capsule for easy display. The 50mm diameter is large for a one-ounce coin, even bigger than the Perth Mint bullion lunar coins which are 45.6mm wide. The rear carries the emblem of the Republic of Benin which actually looks quite beautiful on the obverse of the actual coin, as opposed to the art image here.

The coin is available now from many dealers for around the €120/$120 mark. While Geiger Edelmetalle do mint the coin, it’s not sold by them.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION 1000 FRANCS CFA
COMPOSITION 0.999 SILVER
WEIGHT 31.1 g
SIZE 50.0 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 2,000
STRUCK BY GEIGER EDELMETALLE GmbH
BOX / COA YES / YES