Giants of the Ice Age bullion coin series passes the half way mark with the fifth of eight releases

Now, here’s a series we covered at launch but haven’t returned to since, but thanks to the producer, we’ve managed to get some decent quality images of them all to date, Giants of the Ice Age was always an appealing series as the subject matter is quite unique and well realised. Each of the eight coins in this bullion series showcases one of the incredible species of megafauna that only just predated modern humans – indeed, there was actually some overlap in rare cases.

Dinosaurs have always been popular, but we have a visual affinity with the Pleistocene megafauna which makes them especially fascinating. Such beasts as the Mammoth, the Cave Bear and the Giant Deer, all have modern facsimiles, so its easy to relate. Even this latest release, the Wooly Rhinoceros, is clearly recognisable, something you could hardly say was true of a T-Rex or a Triceratops.

Also much liked about this series is that its size was predetermined, and not open ended like so many others. At launch, this was pushed as an eight coin series, and that hasn’t changed. The Wooly Rhino is the fifth of those, and we’re expecting a second 2021 issue later this year, as two releases per year has been the norm to date. There are even silhouette pictograms of the range in the border.

As you’d expect, there’s a one ounce 0.999 silver coin (15,000 mintage), but unusually, also a one kilogram version (1,000). Rounding out the three options is a proof one ounce gold (1,000). This is a unique series we’ve always liked and it’s good to catch up with it. As well as this, we’ve also created a full Bullion Series Profile to the range where you can see all variants of the five releases to date.

DENOMINATION 5 Cedis (Ghana) 1,000 Cedis (Ghana) 500 Cedis (Ghana)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 1,000 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 38.6 mm 100.0 mm 38.6 mm
FINISH Bullion Bullion Proof
MODIFICATIONS None Engraved serial Engraved serial
MINTAGE 15,000 1,000 1,000
BOX / C.O.A. No / No No / Yes Yes / Yes

Our Featured Image based on image by Claude Valette, 16 PanneauDesLions(CentreGauche)RhinocérosEnFuite, modified by modified by MW, CC BY-SA 4.0