One of the art worlds most iconic items, Fabergé eggs were created between 1885 and 1917 by the House of Fabergé, in St. Petersburg. The 1917 end date is no coincidence, as the end of the company was brought about by the communist revolution that upended the whole country. Headed by Peter Carl Fabergé, they created jewelled eggs for Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II to give away as Easter presents for close family. At least 69 were created in total, 12 of which have been lost.
Liechtenstein, home of CIT Coin Invest, actually has a bit of a history with some of the eggs, particularly the Apple Blossom Egg that currently resides in the national museum there, A richly decorated green egg covered in jade,enamel and gold, it is the very definition of Russian bling. The workmanship is, of course, quite exquisite, but these are undoubtedly unusual items to have attained the kind of values they attract.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Peter Carl Fabergé, so CIT have produced, and BH Mayer have struck, a new 2oz smartminted silver coin to mark the occasion. Featuring a prominent image of the egg that is highlighted with colour and gilding, it sits against a backdrop filled with pattern based on that used on the egg itself. It’s a busy design and quite blingy itself, so it’s fair to say an appropriate tribute to the mans work.
The coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia is the main element on the obverse face, with the denomination of 1,000 Togrog (love that name!) underneath. Packaging is quite eccentric. A tin egg holds the encapsulated coin within and there’s also the obligatory Certificate of Authenticity enclosed. Available to pre-order from today, it will ship around the end of Q1/2020.