Project Description

2018+ SHAPES OF WILDLIFE by MDM Wholesale

It was CIT Coin Invest that pioneered the use of laser-cutting apertures in coins with the quite superb award-winning Mongolian Nature coin back in 2013. It’s surprising that the technique hasn’t been employed on a wider basis, although we understand that doing it well is harder than it looks. The NZ Post had a Kiwi issue three years ago, and that was struck/cut by BH Mayer – the same mint responsible for bringing the CIT productions to reality.

We first saw images of the debut African series when they carried a 2017 date, but they seemed to have been revised and enhanced before issue and when released, carried a 2018 date. These are 1oz silver coins that reach out to an impressive 45mm in diameter, no doubt helped by the hole. They’re cleanly struck to a proof finish, and each one depicts an animal from the continental subject of each eight-coin series. The coins are high-relief, although not to the extreme level seen on some other series. That’s fine however, as we seriously doubt that an ultra-high relief strike would work well with an aperture through the middle.

There have been three series released to date, including the brand new American set launched just in time for ANA19. Africa came first and was an intelligent selection, not just focusing on the ‘Big 5’ as is so often the case. A series coin is included and is the only one each year to eschew the aperture, using a polygonal coloured representation of the continent instead, surrounded by silhouetted depictions of the animals on the other seven coins. Australia in 2019 and America for 2020 have followed, and offer equally good selections of subjects. We like the Australian set particularly, but that’s more because the actual homicidal fauna there is so interesting, rather than any inherent superiority in the coins here.

The obverse design varies for each series, because, in a very neat touch, each is issued for a country on that years continent. The Republic of Djibouti for Africa, the Solomon Islands for Australia, and Barbados for America. The first series had a clean background field, but since then, a web-like pattern has occupied that space. All told, this is a neat series, and one of the few of its type being released today. If they remain popular enough, we could see some more unusual animals appearing from Antarctica, Europe, Asia or South America.

2018 SHAPES OF AFRICA

SERIES COIN

LION

GIRAFFE

MEERKAT

OSTRICH

RHINOCEROS

SPRINGBOK

ELEPHANT

2019 SHAPES OF AUSTRALIA

SERIES COIN

RED KANGAROO

KOALA

KOOKABURRA

PLATYPUS

GREAT WHITE SHARK

BROWN SNAKE

SALTWATER CROCODILE

2020 SHAPES OF AMERICA

SERIES COIN

BEAVER

BUFFALO

EAGLE

GRIZZLY BEAR

MOOSE

ORCA

WOLF

SPECIFICATION

NAME 2018 AFRICA 2019 AUSTRALIA 2020 AMERICA
DENOMINATION 250 Francs (Djibouti) $5 Solomon Islands $5 Barbados
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.999 silver 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 45.0 mm 45.0 mm 45.0 mm
FINISH Proof Proof Proof
MODIFICATIONS High relief, Cut-out High relief, Cut-out High relief, Cut-out
MINTAGE 7,500 7,500 7,500
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes

PACKAGING

The coins are available individally and each one is packaged in a wooden box with a black felt lining. A certificate of authenticity is enclosed and it’s all wrapped up in a themed in a shipper box with a foil image on the lid.

You can also get the eight coins in each years release as a set in a gloss black collectors box. An attractive way to collate a set, from what we’ve seen, it works out a little cheaper to get them all this way.