While the whole concept of copper-cored silver coins is largely limited to Precious Metal Collector’s expansive range, there are a couple of similar issues from others. Last year saw MDM launch a terrific Tyrannosaurus Rex coin that also had a silver ‘skin’, but in that case, one that allowed the copper to be visible on the edge. It was also a chunky coin, but one which contained just 10 grams of silver, from a total weight of 155 grams, the rest obviously copper, so it managed to employ lots of high-relief, yet still hit a 60mm diameter.
This year sees the second issue in this ‘Double Silver Giants’ series. The common obverse of this series depicts some dinosaur images placed in a circle around the rim. Including such creatures as a sauropod, a Stegosaurus, and the iconic Spinosaurus Aegypticus, we naturally assumed this was the line-up of animals that would be featured in the series moving forward. Given the second subject is Triceratops – doesn’t seem present on that obverse (although the animal at the 4-o-clock position could at a stretch be one) – we may be wrong. It remains very pretty, however, with the emblem of the issuer, Vanuatu, sitting at its centre.
The main attraction remains the striking reverse face depiction of the subject. Triceratops, with its huge bony frill and triple horned visage, which looks amazing here. The view is similar to that of the T-Rex, a three-quarter frontal portrait of an animal that seems to have noticed the viewer. It’s every bit the equal of last years debut release and is likewise awash with beautiful skin texture and surrounding foliage. Quite superb.
As before, the mintage is 1,999 pieces and it comes nicely presented, and with a Certificate of Authenticity. I can honestly say there’s little to criticise here, and it’s a fine example of how the use of a base metal in conjunction with precious metal can allow numismatic art to reach new sizes without decimating the contents of your wallet. We’re predicting this is going to be one of the best dinosaur coin series to hit the coin market, and we look forward to seeing it grow. Hopefully, we can snag one of the two releases for an AgAuShoot soon.