Next up for Lunar Week is a look at a rare entrant from last weeks focus mint, Coin Invest Trust. Issued for Mongolia, also quite rare in the lunar market but one of CIT’s staples, the silver coin incorporates a couple of new techniques from the producer well known for their love of experimentation when it comes to commemorative numismatics. The gold coin is another CIT staple, a 0.5g minigold which are becoming increasingly popular of late, in no small part due to this companies fine selection of issues over the last few years.

The silver incorporates a pair of new techniques being seen here for the first time. The coin is struck as a ‘Black Proof’, and it also uses new striking technique called HiCarv which appears to concentrate a section of ultra-high relief on a single part of the coin and with a different look, almost like it was rough-hewn from granite. It’s a pretty neat design and we’d be interested to see where CIT go with it next.

Available to preorder from many dealers now for around the €90-110 mark, it’s an interesting piece we’d quite like to see in the hand. The gold usually comes in at just under €50, but unlike the silver, doesn’t come boxed in the wooden case the silver does.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
500 TOGROG 0.999 SILVER 25.0 g 38.61 mm BLACK PROOF 2,016 YES / YES

MINTS DESCRIPTION

According to the ancient Chinese zodiac, human character is interpreted not by the month, but rather by the lunar year of birth. This zodiac is represented by one of twelve animals.

Legend has it, that one day Buddha summoned all animals, but only twelve answered his call: a rat appeared first, followed by a buffalo, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and finally a pig.

People who are born in the year of the monkey are perceived to be astute, intelligent and flexible which enables them to solve problems with ease.

MINIGOLF 0.5g

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
1000 TOGROG 0.9999 GOLD 0.5 g 11.00 mm PROOF 15,000 NO / YES

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