Every year sees a good mix of Christmas coins from various national and independent mints, and most of them have Santa Claus in the design in one form or another. We don’t usually cover many of these as they seem to appeal to the gift market rather than outright coin collectors, but this one seems aprticularly well done, so here we are.
It’s a one-ounce 0.9999 silver coin that borrows from PAMP’s recent shark and birds of prey series with a shaped outline. Here, a full on portrait of Santa Claus, brightly coloured, forms the basis for the coin shape, cleverly using the bobble on the end of the hat to carry the date and composition. It just seemed a neat change from what is generally, outside of the NZ Mint’s excellent ‘Season’s Greetings’ issues, an unimaginative bunch of coins.
The obverse picks up some neat touches as well. Issued for the Solomon Islands, it has the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II at its centre, but surrounded by lots of unique snowflake patterns. The packaging is bright, colourful and looks well designed to give as a gift. With a mintage of 2,020 pieces and an RRP of around $100, it’s a nice package for the casual collector.