Numiscollect have eschewed gimmickry and gone with a simply superb looking piece of artwork. Struck in an ounce of fine silver with an antique finish, the Tanzanian-issued coin is an object lesson in great design. With just the bare minimum of inscriptions on the reverse face, the design is given room to shine and does so with ease. The main subject is a full-on bull elephant almost looking like it’s heading out of the coin. Two other smaller elephants sit in the background, along with the characteristic Umbrella Thorn Acacia tree.
There’s an absolute wealth of detail on offer here, the main subject looking immensely powerful. Benefitting from smartminting that Numiscollect have dubbed HiRe, the depth on display is perfectly judged on an animal anatomically bang on. It’s hard to see how this one could be improved in our view. The proof finish tusks are a great touch and follow on from the first coin last year that featured the Narwhal, and had a similarly highlighted tusk.
The obverse depicts the Tanzanian emblem, a pretty cool design and a welcome change from the Queens effigy that sits on the back of Commonwealth coins. The coin comes boxed and in a coloured shipper, with an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. It ships late October/early November and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing it in hand.