The Lunar market seems to have cooled somewhat over the last couple of years, a good thing given the ridiculaous numbers issued annually just half a decade ago, Fortunately, the mints have taken the opportunity to heart by a noticeable increase in quality. The Perth Mints iconic Lunar Series reached its third go around last year and introduced a vastly better look, as did the Royal Mint. In our view, the best new introduction of the last few years has been CIT’s superb fully dimensional coins, part of a three issue range that also includes a five-gram silver foil banknote and a 0.5 gram minigold.
Fully dimensional coins are those that not only take on the shape of the subject, i.e. one that moves away from the usual geometric formats, but also does so on both faces. These are cutting edge numismatics, combining shapes previously only possible using casting, with the quality and detail inherent in a high-end strike. In conjunction with the German mint B.H.Mayer, CIT developed a technique called ‘smartminting’ that makes this possible to an insanely high degree of quality.
The Mongolian-issued dimensional range is now four issues old, but has clearly attained a place in the market as one of the most admired of their genre. CIT did issue silver coins for two years before the 2019 range, but we’d consider this the start of the tightly integrated three-issue range that has become an annual fixture in the numismatic calendar.