After a quick look yesterday at the new range from Coin Invest Trust released for the ANA show in Anaheim, it’s time to pick out some highlights in more detail. First up is the second coin in the Evolution of Life series, which debuted at last years ANA show with the quite superb Ammonite coin. A big hit, widely admired, there’s been much anticipation since we revealed a few weeks ago that the second coin would feature a trilobite.
The beauty of the trilobite as an inspiration lies in several things. Firstly, there are a wide range of species that are very well represented in the fossil record, many in an astounding state of preservation. In addition, despite all the spines and weird appendages the type is famous for, they’re recognisable, looking like a woodlouse, so eminently relatable. CIT have chosen well for their subject matter, a species of trilobite that is spectacular enough to be struck into a coin without too many compromises, even for smartminting. Based on a real fossil of a 470-million-year-old Cheirurus ingricus found near the Wolchow River, St. Petersburg, Russia, it’s clear they chose wisely.
Like the ammonite coin, this one is struck in an ounce of fine silver, antique-finished, and with the fossil itself picked out with rose gold gilding. It worked brilliantly last year and looks equally effective on this years coin. Issued for Mongolia and carrying the standard obverse design from that country, Evolution of Life stands alongside the equally impressive Wildlife Protection series as being amongst the finest coin designs out there.
Packaging is decent, the wooden box with customised top artwork used for virtually all of Coin Invest Trust’s higher end ranges is in use here. It holds a Certificate of Authenticity. The coin should be available in the next 4-8 weeks if prior experience is an indicator. The first coin has appreciated quite nicely and this could well follow in its footsteps, especially with mintage at just 999 pieces. A great release.
Also issued alongside it is the ubiquitous minigold that CIT have long been proponents of. A cool little coin with a huge amount of detail for an 11mm diameter round of gold, these have a collectors market all of their own. Personally, I’d like to see these in rose gold to match the gilding on the silver coin. Even if they weren’t 0.9999 gold, would that be cool?