Here’s a little preview of an interesting new coin from European producer Allcollect. Called ‘Benefits of Nature: Honey Bee’ it’s a beautiful look at one of the most important families of life on the planet. An ounce of 0.999 silver in weight and struck to a prooflike finish, it has a mintage of 1,500 pieces.
The reverse face is rimless and depicts a gathering of bees over a honeycomb (a pattern rather than a realistic depiction of one). The Queen bee in the centre has some subtle gilding to make her stand out from the buzzing crowd. Only the title is inscribed on this face and it’s placed in its own area away from the bees. The strike is a mix of relief and incuse.
The obverse also carries a bee themed design and the honeycomb, with larger cells this time, fills the background field. A single large bee occupies the main space, in places reaching over into a border that contains the inscribed date and composition. A small ‘coin-within-a-coin’ holds a tiny effigy of Queen Elizabeth, along with the issue details. Like the reverse face, this is a very modern and fresh piece of design.
Packaged in a wooden box with a themed outer shipper, and supplied with a certificate of authenticity, this looks to be a real standout nature coin. When images are available, we’ll publish them, of course, but for now, the video gives a good look at this fine release.
|DENOMINATION||1,000 Francs CFA (Republic of Cameroon)|
|COMPOSITION||0.999 silver 31.1 grams|
|BOX / COA||Yes / Yes|