A surprise release at this months ANA show was a second set of Scarab coins from Coin Invest Trust. Following on from a debut set released at the World Money Fair in Berlin back in late January, we never covered that one in any detail so now seems a good time to look at both. It isn’t often that CIT issue sets of any sort, but it’s especially uncommon to see a themed series of them at this level of quality.
Each set comprises three coins of identical specification and theme, but different design and finish. The theme here is the Egyptian scarab beetle so inextricably linked with one of the most visually extravagant civilisations in history. Scarabs were the most popular amulets in Ancient Egypt and survive in relatively large numbers today. Connected to the Egyptian god Khepri, they were popular by the early Middle Kingdom (approx. 2000 BCE) and remained so for the rest of the pharaonic period and beyond. In modern popular culture they’re still firmly associated with Ancient Egypt.
This set, like the first, is relatively simple, but quite classy in design. Each coin features a flowing, almost like a rounded tribal-style pattern which carries through onto the obverse. In the centre of the reverse face sits an ultra high relief beetle variant, each one different. Other than an inscription with the coin name on it, the face is exceptionally clean and artistic. Likewise the obverse features a small coin-within-a-coin design that holds the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II (the coin is issued for the Cook Islands) surrounded by the usual inscriptions.
The big difference between each of the six coins released to date lies with the finish. In the first set are black proof (gilded beetle), rose-gilded (black rhodinated beetle) and fully gilded coins. Set two adds gilded (clean beetle), silver (rose gilded beetle) and full black proof coins. One coin in each set has a Swarovski crystal embedded in the top-centre of the reverse face. In the first set it is Red Dawn, in the second, Lunar Eclipse, each coin having an elegant name of its own.
Each three coin set has a maximum mintage of just 499 pieces and is beautifully presented in a custom box and outer shipper. A certificate of authenticity is included of course. Either of these elegant sets sells for around €330/£290 with the first set available now and the second shipping in October. Again, several of our sponsors sell these so click away if you want one.