Sadly, Underwater World, German producer MDM’s striking sealife series of silver coins, is coming to an end. It;s going out kicking and screaming, however, with a superb final issue – the seventh in a series that began in 2018. What better creature to help with the kicking than one with eight legs?
Three-ounces in weight, formed in 0.999 silver, these have a deep central strike which is filled with a translucent blue enamel to represent water. A simple idea, but one that works perfectly. There have been some fine designs over the last couple of years, particularly the Sea Turtle one, and you can see more of them all in our comprehensive COIN SERIES PROFILE to the range.
This last issue features the Octopus. Star of numerous stories, from Jules Verne to Spongebob Squarepants, the octopus is one of the more visually striking sea creatures, but even that pales into insignificance when its intelligence and inventiveness are considered. Truly one of the most fascinating animals around today, it’s depiction on this coin is perfect. There’s a well considered layering of limbs, creating depth, and an interaction with the coins border that lifts it above being just a picture of an octopus. The enamel enhances the look immensely and there are little nautical touches everywhere on both faces.
A mintage of 999 pieces, decent, if unimaginative packaging, and a price around the €250 mark, this has turned into one of the best nature-themed coin series we’ve seen for ages. Issued for Barbados, so having a good-looking obverse as well, these come highly recommended. It will be a shame to see the series end. Available to order now.