It’s April 23rd, which means St.Georges Day (and the 56th Mik’s day…), so what better way to celebrate than a striking new entrant into Precious Metal Collector’s ‘Spectre’ range of copper cored coins. For those unfamiliar with the concept, copper-cored coins are exactly what the name suggests. A large copper blank is covered in a smaller amount of fine silver, then struck. The resulting coin appears to be silver, but is huge for the suggested weight.
This is one of their more popular formats, comprised of two ounces of silver on an 11.5 ounce copper core. As a result, and despite this weight of silver generally producing a high-relief coin with a diameter of 45 mm, it hits a really impressive 80 mm. To put that in perspective, that’s a surface area increase per side, from under 1600 sq.mm, to over 5,000 sq.mm.
The design will be gorgeous as it’s based on British Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon’s 19th century depiction. Wyon was an exceptional talent, which the Royal Mint is using for its own range at present, and this was one of his best. The high-relief treatment is going to look great, although we’re disappointed that the official images are less than stellar – unusual for this mint, whose images are usually top notch.
The coin has a proof finish, instead of the more common antique finish that most of these coins employ, so that’s a nice change, but it remains issued for the Republic of Chad and thus carries that African nations coat of arms on the obverse. Limited to 500 pieces and with a price around $400 USD, it’s an impressive release. No images of the packaging, but it will be well done if prior issues are a reliable indicator. Available to pre-order now.