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|
|BOX / C.O.A.||No / No||Yes / Yes|
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