A favourite range of mine, CIT’s superb ‘Evolution of Life’ series of one-ounce silver coins takes the fascinating world of prehistoric life and depicts it in fossil form. The latest issue is the seventh to date and the first to enter the mammalian world.
The style is a simple, but incredibly effective one. Employing the talents of Smartminting, especially its ability to imbue detail on high-relief, each issue shows us the fossil of a long extinct creature that’s been highlighted with rose gilding. A clever touch is showing the fossil still partly embedded in bedrock, contrasted nicely with an antique finish.
The decision to jump to an instantly recognisable hominid has given us a highly distinctive looking piece. We were a little disappointed that CIT’s clever dimensional ‘Skull’ series didn’t go the human ancestor route, so this is fine compensation. A terrific release that continues the sky-high standard of this series.
As is traditional at CIT, there’s a half-gram minigold in tandem that has a miniature version of the silver coins design. The high-relief isn’t there, of course, but there’s lashings of detail on this tiny coin. Few do them as well as this producer does. Check out both versions and all the previous releases in our Coin Series Profile.