MDM’s ‘Double Silver Giant’ series of prehistoric animal coins returns with a fourth issue, and following superb T.Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus designs, we head to the air with Pteranodon. These are similar in concept to PMC’s ‘Bi-Metal Max’ coins in having a silver skin over a far larger copper core. The end result is a large coin, and a relatively small cost for it. These 60 mm diameter, high-relief coins are usually available for around the $100/€100 mark, and look superb. The DSG series is composed of two 5-gram silver discs over a 145-gram copper core.
This Pteranodon design is, in our view, the weakest to date, mainly because this is a creature quite difficult to reproduce well on a small metal disc. However, we still love it, and consider it to be the best depiction of this flying reptile on a coin to date. The whole series has set a very high standard, and Pteranodon has little trouble keeping up. The sheer oddity of this animal comes across well.
The common obverse returns, with its parade of eight dinosaurs surrounding the Vanuatu coat-of-arms. We originally thought that these eight would be the subjects of the coins in the series, but as Pteranodon isn’t one of them, clearly not. The silver is all antique-finished, providing a striking contrast to the polished copper on the edge, and the coin remains as attractive as its ancestors. Packaging is neat, includes a COA, and there’s a mintage of 1,999 pieces. An excellent release again, the coin is available to order now, and should ship in the next few weeks.