An interesting, if pricey addition to the limited mintage silver bullion market, AllCollect’s ‘Predator’ series was an eclectic mix of subjects from the natural world, brought to life with a mix of finishes on the same face. As you know, we love the prehistoric world here, so this newer companion series is off to a flying start, It’s great to see some real effort put into each design, as well as the eschewing of all the usual subjects for some rarer ones. Sure, there’s a Spinosaurus and a Megalodon, but there’s also the ‘Terror Bird’, the chicken from hell!, and a mix of mammals and reptiles, both terrestrial and marine. The DNA taken from the original series is evident, but these are a bit more polished to my eye.
There’s a common arcing section to the bottom left replete with fossils, and the coin title sits squarely on top, but the rest is unique to each issue. Pride of place is taken by the subject, each looking correct, with the Spinosaurus neatly sidestepping the latest theories on the tail and the habitat by just showing the front of this absolutely huge predator. A piece of fossil evidence is dropped onto the boundary area between background and midground areas – a tooth, or a skull. All the designs exhibit a good sense of anatomy.
Rarer than ‘Predators’ with a mintage of just 5,000 pieces per design, it does have the unfortunate effect of making these quite pricey for a bullion coin. The obverse has the attractive emblem of the issuing nation, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Formerly known as Zaire, the DRC is actually the eleventh largest country in the world by surface area.
Just the 1 oz silver variant at present, the earlier ‘Predators’ series has expanded to include a 0.5 gram minigold, and a chromite/gilded silver version. Whether that happens here as well is unknown at present, and will no doubt be left to the vagaries of the German TV shopping market, who have a strange attraction to numismatics. At the time of writing, there are now 16 coins out (8 in 2020, 8 in 2021), and as usual, we’ll keep this profile up to date with new issues. A really nice series, but you’ll have to dig a bit deeper for them.