It was at the ANA Coin Show in 2016 that CIT launched the first of its new Skull series of coins. Utilising the full range of abilities brought to the industry, SmartMinting was a new technology developed by CIT Coin Invest and German mint, BH Mayer. The benefits were an ability to produce ultra high relief strikes incorporating both large size and high detail, from relatively small amounts of metal.
Skull No.1 launched to much acclaim, and is the perfect example of just what smartminting brings to the table. An ounce in weight, it maintained a size comparable to a standard crown-sized coin, but had an extraordinary shape, and hugely impressive levels of relief. A year later, CIT issued a ‘Big’ version struck in a half-kilo of our favourite shiny metal, something which continued with the second Pirate issue a year later.
Pirate Skull also saw a very limited solid gold variant issued to mark 300 years since the death of Blackbeard. Appropriately, just 300 were produced. No other gold version has appeared since. Minigold versions are in abundance – this is CIT after all. They’re all shaped issues and can be seen on page 2 of the profile.
We’re huge fans of this series. Innovative designs realised in the highest quality way, there’s little to dislike here, unless you’re a die-hard round coin fan. The latest ‘Biker Skull’ issue has just been revealed and will ship later this year, and we’re hoping a big version of La Catrina will appear next. Be sure to check out the Gallery on page two as well, and let us know what you think of this articles layout/style. We’re experimenting again…