German mint, MCI has launched its latest antiqued silver coin and after having dabbled with monster coins previously, has focused its attention on the most famous of them all, the Loch Ness Monster. The subject of much theory and speculation as to the nature and existence of the beast, sightings have been piling up for decades and a whole tourist industry has arisen around them. All complete nonsense of course, there’s no denying it brings a huge amount of colour and appeal to what is an incredibly beautiful part of the world. Loch Ness is amazing enough, actually containing more water than every other lake in Great Britain combined.
The coin is an MCI-Mint staple – an ounce of fine silver, antique-finish and issued for the African state of Burkina Faso. The obverse depicts the pretty attractive national emblem of that country, along with most of the required numismatic inscriptions. Just the coin title, date and composition are inscribed on the reverse face. The reverse depicts Nessie breaking through the water and showing the traditionally depicted coils. She has a head a little like a theropod (Allosaurus-type), which seems a little unusual, but we’re not ones to comment too heavily on what is after all, a fantasy creature. In the background sits a castle, perhaps suggesting that the coin art is set in the past as the castle currently sitting beside Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, is in ruins.
Packaged in a decent wooden box and supplied with a serialised certificate of authenticity, just 350 of the coin will be struck. It seems to be priced around the €99.00 mark, a little higher than normal, but that’s no doubt a result of the small mintage. In addition to this there is a limited two-coin set that you can see further below. This includes an extra 1 oz coin available nowhere else and is limited to a scant 99 pieces. Price is €189.00. Available now.