As I may have mentioned before, I’ve got a special affinity for the Caribbean island of Anguilla, having lived there for 1½ years over a decade ago. However, modern precious metal coins are few and far between. The only one that regularly springs to mind is the lobster coin in Scottsdale Mint’s ‘Eastern Caribbean 8’ annual bullion coin programme. It’s good to see AllCollect issue something for this island with its stunning beaches.
Depicting a Gecko, a small reptile that is pretty common on the island, the creature is gilded with the distinctive reddish rose gold. What is different with these ‘CoCo Edition’ coins (this is the second, following a starfish design issued for the Cook Islands), is the treatment of the main coin face. The coin is covered with fine ceramic particles, which apparently require intense heat to deposit, and results in a bright, intense look that is very clean and contrasts well with the gilded elements
The finish extends to the obverse, but that’s a simple effigy of Queen Elizabeth II (Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory), so not something that will generate much interest. This 38.6 mm diameter coin is an ounce of fine silver in weight and has a mintage of 2,500 pieces, coming with a Certificate of Authenticity, and in a white coin box. The Starfish coin from 2019 looked good in AllCollect’s video, so we’d expect this one to follow suit, although we’ve seen neither in hand yet. A nice coin and a relatively rare one for Anguilla.
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