From their debut back in 2011, Coin-Invest Trust’s range of ‘Butterflies in 3D’ coins has been an annual favourite in the coin calendar. A single 25g sterling silver coin is released each year following the same format, a struck and coloured flower upon which sits a coloured non-metallic butterfly. Surprisingly effective, if a little too ‘add-on’ rather than ‘insert’, they sell out every year, and we don’t expect that to be any different this year.

The 2015 entrant in the series depicts the Common Swordtail butterfly and carries the inscription ‘Mariposas Exoticas’. Previously three of the last four coins carried the inscription ‘Papillons Exotiques’ and the fourth ‘Exotic Butterflies’. All mean the same thing, Mariposas Exoticas being Spanish and Papillons Exotiques being French, both translating to English as Exotic Butterflies. The reasoning behind this comes from each coin being issued for a different country with the language chosen reflecting the main tongue of the issuing country. This also has the added benefit of a changing obverse every year.

Roll over for obverse

Also for 2015, CIT have finally decided to ship the coin in a box instead of just a capsule in a plastic bag. It’s a policy change being implemented in many of their more popular and upmarket coins and it’s about time in our view. The idea that Tiffany, Nano, Mongolian Endangered and other premium ranges selling for large amounts of money, should ship in a plastic bag has long been a source of irritation and disbelief. It would be nice to see them take it further for some ranges with some custom packaging, along the lines of some New Zealand, Perth and Polish Mint coins. This is a good step, however.

Limited as usual to just 2,500 pieces, the coin should start shipping in the first week of December depending on where you buy from for around th €80-100 mark.

MINT DESCRIPTION

Special box included Graphium policenes or Common  Swordtail is a butterfly belonging to the Papillionidae family. It is indigenous to all forest regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The females with their wingspan of approximately 70 mm are usually slightly bigger than the males, but are spotted far less frequently.

The males have scales on the inner surface of their wings, with which they spread pheromones, in order to attract females. The female, on the other hand, is able to determine the age and fertility of a potential partner based on the scent.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION  1000 FRANCOS CFA
COMPOSITION 0.925 SILVER
WEIGHT 25.00 g
SIZE 38.61 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 2,500
ARTIST UNKNOWN
BOX / COA YES / YES