Day four of PMC Week brings forth the moggies of doom – Lions and Tigers – in their various natural and mythical forms. A perennial favourite of the modern coin world, the big cats appear on a regular basis, encompassing everything from bullion to the very high-end, and across multiple nations (there are three here). It will certainly intensify in the following months, as next year is the Asian Year of the Tiger.
The first of the three coins we’re taking a quick look at here is a lunar, and our favourite of the trio. The lunar market does attract more than its fair share of gimmickry, so it’s a pleasure to see something so unencumbered, and on point as this one. Part of PMC’s ’96 Lunar’ series, there’s an elegant simplicity to this series, with just a natural animal portrait and the Yin-Yang inspired number ’96’. They’re beautifully presented, have a very cool five-gram silver Certificate of Authenticity, and a mintage of just 96 pieces.
The second coin is another lunar-inspired effort, and apparently refers to the more complex 60-cycle lunar system that PMC have described below in more detail. The end result is that people born in 2022 are sometimes known as ‘Tiger in the Forest’, and that’s exactly what we get here. An attractive rendering of the tiger appearing from the undergrowth is the main attraction, and there’s a red highlighted seal and a border patter. The obverse continues the theme with a tiger-print background.
Lastly, we have the most ambitious of the three, struck using the producers Bi-Metal Plus technique of silver over copper. An impressive strike, although with a design I find a little awkward (probably the animal anatomy, as the foliage and background look great), it carries the unusual depiction of an African Lion fighting a Pixiu. done in an almost Asian-watercolour style, brought into relief. Another 80 mm diameter piece, it will look impressive on display. All are available now.