Despite the concentration on their very high profile Disney and Star Wars properties, the New Zealand Mint has always found time to have a few history and nature series on the go at the same time. Moving away from an annual release schedule, the last couple of years has seen sets of coins released at much faster rates. There are pluses and minuses to this, but more pluses when the subjects like these don’t experience quick sell-outs and thus give collectors more of a chance to pick the coins up at their leisure.
Kings of the Continents is one such series. On the surface an unambitious range of simple coloured coins, there remains a constant demand for nature coins, and these are certainly attractively produced examples of the genre. Take this fifth coin featuring the Jaguar. That’s one of the best big cat images we’ve seen on a coloured coin, well highlighted by the clean struck background. While not pushing boundaries, it’s certainly a fine coin.
The series looks at the apex predators on continents around the world. We’ve had Africa (Lion), Europe (Wolf), Asia (Cobra), Grizzly (North America), and now the Jaguar (South America). We’re going to assume that Australasia and Antarctica are yet to come. The former has quite a few options, maybe the Saltwater Crocodile, and the latter could be the Leopard Seal, or even the Orca, although the latter ranges worldwide. Perhaps an eighth coin featuring the worlds oceans?
Struck in 1oz of fine silver, issued for Niue and with a mintage of 5,000, the specs are standard enough. The packaging is pretty decent and the $80.00 USD price about expected for the type. The obverse is typical New Zealand Mint and Niue; the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by inscriptions detailing her name, the date, issuer and denomination. As we stated previously, we’d assume from the quick release schedule that the series may well complete this year, the mint usually running these from five to seven coins at most, and with this being the fifth since February, we’d be surprised to see it run into 2017. Available to pre-order now, shipping begins at the end of August.