Regular readers will have seen several of our recent articles about Precious Metal Collectors innovative copper-cored silver coins. What these involve is the wrapping of a large copper coin with a sizably thick skin of fine silver. The end result is a relatively huge coin for the weight of precious metal, but at a much more affordable price. While PMC have hidden the copper completely, MDM have taken the approach of using that core to enhance the design with, we believe, excellent results. They’re calling it ‘Double Silver Giants’.
The Tyrannosaurus Rex is no stranger to the coin world, and even the depiction of it used here is not completely new, but it does come in at the top of the genre for execution. The use of ultra high relief has given MDM the chance to ramp up the detail levels, particularly with regards to skin texture, resulting in an almost three-dimensional look. The area around the eye is exceptional.
The obverse features at its centre, the emblem of Vanuatu, an Oceanic island that rarely shows up in modern numismatics, unlike others in the region like Tuvalu, Nuie, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. Surrounding that are eight small dinosaur, including sauropods and theropods, one of which is our old friend Spinosaurus, has discovered to have a tail different to the one seen. We’re assuming that those shown are potentially making up an eight-coin series if this one should be successful.
The coin is 12 mm thick and 60 mm in diameter, and consists of two 5 gram silver faces on a 145 gram copper disc. That disc is allowed to be seen on the rim, becoming an integral and attractive part of the finished design. With an expected price of under €100, the benefits of the approach, especially with silvers price climbing inexorably, are plain to see. The coin comes with a Certificate of Authenticity an in a themed shipper, and has a mintage of 1,999 pieces. A wonderful debut for this affordable series, it should ship around October/November.