German private coin producer, MCI-Mint has long been issuing prehistoric creature coins, from Tyrannosaurus Rex and Spinosaurus, through to the Smilodon (and the Loch Ness Monster 😉 ) and so it’s no surprise that another has appeared. This time it’s an unusual subject, but an absolutely fascinating one. Glyptodon is a huge armoured armadillo that lived as recently as 10,000 years ago and can only be described as the mammal equivalent of the famous dinosaur Ankylosaurus.
We can’t say we’ve ever seen this particular critter on a coin before, but it’s certainly good to see MCI embrace some of the more off-the-wall creatures that populate our past. While the subject is unusual, the coin format is not. An antiqued one ounce of silver is pretty typical for MCI, as is the standard relief strike, but the presence of the ‘real-eye’ inserts makes this a little unusual.
The main design depicts the Glyptodons head, showing the bony head plate and a little segment of the main shell behind. It’s a shame that more of this very unusual beast wasn’t depicted. The coin name, composition and date are inscribed away from the artwork, so as not to distract. issued for the African state of Burkina Faso, one MCI has exclusive coin rights to, the obverse carries that nations cool-looking emblem, surrounding which are the rest of the coin inscriptions.
The coin is supplied in a box with a certificate of authenticity, box of which sit inside a themed shipper box. The coin is available to buy now, although sells for a not insubstantial €139.00, although this is offset somewhat by the relatively small mintage of 500. Available to buy direct from MCI-Mint, although some of these coins do appear at other dealers like Powercoin for example.