One of several dinosaur series on the go through 2020, the New Zealand Mint’s aptly named ‘Dinosaurs’ series leverages the mints antiqued and coloured one-ounce silver coin format to do the honours. They’ve used the style successfully on a few previous issues that we really liked, including the excellent ‘Warriors of History; and ‘Battles That Changed History’ history ranges. The mint doesn’t produce as many ranges like this anymore, having moved primarily into big pop-culture and media franchises.
These are pretty coins exhibiting some decent, if unspectacular artwork.They all show a good grasp of anatomy and environment, and with the enhanced popularity associated with coloured coins, much to stackers horror, these are clearly well designed for the target market. We wouldn’t consider ourselves casual coin fans, of course, but we like them.
Four issues at the time of writing, with a fifth (the first 2021 dated) coming soon. these are obviously ticking along quite nicely, as the NZ Mint has a habit of quickly dropping non-performing coin ranges. All of them, including the upcoming coin, are highly recognisable animals for maximum appeal, although the title ‘Dinosaurs’ hardly sits well with a subject like the Pterodactyl – which isn’t one…
Packaging is quite excellent, with a good quality box and a nicely themed shipper, in which is a serialised Certificate of Authenticity. The paleoart on the shippers is quite outstanding. The obverse of each Niue-issued coin displays the usual Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the Jody Clark version not yet showing up on this mints products. A neat series at a decent sub $90 price that we hope continues for some time. The big fan of prehistoric life coins might prefer the CIT Evolution of Life series, but you’ll have to dig quite a bit deeper for those.