Now, we’ve given extensive coverage to the Lunar coin market over our relatively short existence, producing several annual guides to the plethora of releases and with more to come. Doing so, you pick up on trends, which like the movie industry, tend to bring those ‘inspired’ by new ideas to join in with copycats. It’s not often we see something that while not pushing envelopes in design, offers a really compelling package.
Singapore-based Precious Metal Collectors has jumped into the genre with their new ’96 Zodiac’ series, kicking off with the 2020 Year of the Rat, of course. Taking the 2oz antique-finished and rimless format that is the darling of the ancient world coin genre, is quite different within itself, and the design is a neat change from the often overly busy efforts produced elsewhere.
We often forget that the Lunar Calendar isn’t just a subject for coins, but also a societal bedrock for a large percentage of the world’s population. The package that PMC have put together is clearly from someone that is part of this, rather than as an outsider looking in. The 96 motif calls upon Asian beliefs in numerology, as those who see lunar mintages of 888, 8888 etc. will already know.
The presentation is first class. A custom leather box holds the coin and its accompanying certificate. That Certificate of Authenticity, called ‘By Order of the Spectres’, is worthy of mention on its own. Like some of the Marvel Comics coins, this C.O.A. is made entirely of silver. At 3.1 grams, it has reasonable heft to it, and is richly decorated on both sides. Why both sides, you might ask. One side carries the certification, the other the certificates own denomination. That’s right, the C.O.A. is a coin in its own right!
The best thing of all – a mintage of just 96 pieces. The lunar market remains rich with new releases, but this one strikes a chord here for the obvious care put into it and to its exclusivity. An really neat issue, devoid of design gimmickry, different, and presented as a gift should be. Available shortly, be sure to check out PMC for updates.