Equatorial Guinea’s Giraffe bullion coin returns with a second annual issue in both gold and silver

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, a West African nation, doesn’t have a huge presence in the bullion market, but last year, Arizona-based producer, Scottsdale Mint, issued its first Giraffe coin for the country. Depicting a pair of the necky mammals in portrait form, we found it to be a nice looking coin, especially for one depicting an animal having a shape almost antithetical to that of a coin.

The new 2022 issue has a more traditional view of this, frankly, quite extraordinary animal, in a natural scene. It looks good, although our criticism of the first issue – that the border is too wide – remains. Putting the inscriptions in it would help. What’s there looks decent enough, and the giraffe art is attractive. The common obverse returns, complete with it’s giraffe-skin texture in the background field.

The same pair of variants are on offer again. There’s a one-ounce silver coin with a 15,000 mintage, that comes in tubes, or encapsulated. This is obviously the one of most interest to us mortals. The 0.9999 gold coin, by contrast, has a mintage capped at just 100 pieces, and comes presented in fully themed outer packaging, and in a white box. It’s still a brilliant-uncirculated finish coin, despite the proof-like presentation, but the price is close to other limited-mintage bullion coins. Both should be available to order now.

Don’t forget to check out our Bullion Range Summation of most of Scottsdale Mint’s output. It’s an eye-opener for the sheer range of designs they put out.

DENOMINATION 1,000 Francs CFA (Eq. Guinea) 3,000 Francs CFA (Eq. Guinea)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 39.0 mm 32.0 mm
FINISH B/Uncirculated B/Uncirculated
MINTAGE 15,000 100
BOX / C.O.A. No / No Yes / Yes