Only the most blinkered coin collector would disagree that the iconic American symbol and magnificent bird, the Bald Eagle, is well represented in the modern coin world. Even ignoring its use on the ubiquitous American Eagle bullion coins, there’s plenty of choice if this is your bird of choice, so what do you do to make things fresh and different? MTB-PAMP have an interesting answer to that question. Shaped.
This respected producer recently launched a sell-out Great White Shark shaped coin, the first in a series called Hunters of the Deep, hopefully soon to be joined by a Hammerhead Shark design, so Hunters of the Sky is an obvious addition. The shark coin was neat, but by its very nature, the fish is a low-detail animal. The Bald Eagle is anything but, and MTB-PAMP have taken the opportunity to ramp up detail levels to enhance the look of this quite magnificent animal.
Choosing, sensibly, to depict the eagle in full flight, it’s allowed them to show feather detail across the whole are of the reverse face. The obverse is clean by contrast, and carries inscriptions detailing the issuer and composition, along with the coins serial number. The mintage is capped at 2,500 pieces. This isn’t a fully dimensional coin, of course, and a benefit of that is a far more competitive price, with these expected to come in at just $99.95 at most dealers. That $100 barrier is a significant one.
Packaging is excellent. The coin is neatly encapsulated and comes in a slip-cased tray with attractive theming. A great idea for a coin series and we shouldn’t have to wait too long for a second issue. Next to come is a good-looking Red-tailed Hawk, and Q1/2020 should see a Great Horned Owl join the mix. Available any time now, this should have plenty of appeal to the Americana crowd in particular, given the birds iconic status there.