There’s certainly been an uptick in the number of wildlife-themed bullion series issued for African nations over the last decade. Everything from prehistoric life to all the ecosystems of the world today. Emporium Hamburg have been at the forefriont of that with their hugely popular Somali Elephant (African Ounce) bullion range that’s well into double figure releases now, and more recent offerings like the neat Prehistoric Life.
In 2019 they added World’s Wildlife to the mix, a series issued for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim here isn’t to focus on a specific class or species of animal, but rather to throw a wide net over some of the most popular and recognisable of the world’s major species. The first three coins highlight that approach with the Giraffe, the Whale and the Bald Eagle.
The range is cored around the classic one-ounce gold and one-oounce silver, both at 0.9999 fineness. Mintages are relatively low. In addition, there are a pair of modded silver versions. The gilded is quite subtle, just picking out the title and the animal for treatment, as well as the mini-map that changes to suit each subject. By comparison, the coloured coin is a total cover job and a little heavy-handed. We know they have their fans, however, so the inclusion is welcome for the wider market. Classic fans have their options as well.
As well as the bullion coins, there’s a range of proof variants which we’ll cover in depth in a seperate Coin Series Profile. In summary, there’s a very low mintage five-ounce gold, a neat 0.5 gram minigold, and a set of four with three fractionals in it. The best part is that the fractionals each have a unique design (the minigold shares one of them), and some are superb. A really nice series overall, and one that deserves wider exposure in a crammed marketplace.