The radiating lines and micro-engraving are security measures put in place to cut down on rampant counterfeiting, first introduced on the Gold Maple Leaf to great effect. Both make reverse-engineering dies to strike copies, orders of magnitude more difficult to accomplish with any success, and much easier to spot fakes when attempted.The coin is predominantly sold in the usual bullion way, tubes and monster boxes, but even here the RCM has extended the theming with coloured plastic containers and printed security sealing tape. The tubes each hold 25 coins, and there are 20 tubes in each monster box to make up the 500 coin total usually kept within. Even with a mintage of a million, huge by most bullion coin standards, this will likely be a quick seller, not because it’s a particularly impressive design, but simply because themed bullion coins are pretty rare on the market.
Available to order now, the coin will ship later this month. We’ve already seen it at APMEX, Provident, Gainesville, SD Bullion, SilverTowne, and ModernCoinMart, and no doubt others will follow, but buyers outside of North America may have more trouble than usual getting these because of licencing restrictions, big media conglomerates being notoriously restrictive with these things. It’s inevitable they’ll turn up in Europe however.