Never let it be said that we don’t love a good dinosaur coin here, and that goes double for a keenly priced bullion coin. One of Emporium Hamburg’s ranges, alongside the hugely popular Somali Elephant and others, Prehistoric Life debuted in 2020 with, of course, a coin depicting that biggest of dino stars, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The coin looked good, although like many bullion series, early renders were a little crude. Having seen the coin in hand, it’s actually a very nice piece. The design, on this and subsequent issues, is a little more complex than you’d expect of a bullion coin, with the animal placed as part of an environmental scene rather than in close-up or isolation. It needs a little more care to pull off, but EH seem to have managed it well, with enough detail to keep things looking crisp.
The next coin, the weakest in my view, was the Plesiosaur, followed by a fine sauropod, and then on to a fine mix of reptiles, fish, and mammals, across various habitats and time periods. It’s actually a really good mix of different subjects. At the time of updating, only the three 2023 coins remain to be released, and we’ve seen the designs. All are excellent additions, and as varied as ever.
There are now three versions of each issue on sale. The most popular is obviously the one ounce 0.9999 silver bullion coin, which has a relatively tiny mintage of just 10,000 pieces. The producer now also offers a coloured version of that coin, which seems to retail for around €10 more. We’ve yet to see one in hand, so can’t comment on the all important quality of application, but at least it’s an official piece and not an aftermarket job. Last, but certainly not least, is a 0.5 gram minigold version. These are tiny, but cheap for gold, and the format is increasingly popular. We love them. Hopefully, we’ll have some actual silver coin images up soon, as we have a couple of the silver issues here.