Precious Metal Collectors takes a step into the prehistoric world with a unique Velociraptor egg silver coin

We’ve already looked at the Royal Canadian Mints new Tyrannosaurid proof coin earlier today, so let’s make it dinosaur day with a peak at a quirky new release from Precious Metal Collectors. One of our favourite coin producers of the last couple of years, PMC have impressed with their ‘copper-core’ coin technique in which a skin of silver is wrapped around a vastly bigger copper interior to produce simply huge numismatics at reasonable prices.

There’s none of that here, however, with a clean strike in two-ounces of fine silver doing the business, but that’s not to say it isn’t a cool piece. A baby velociraptor breaking out of its egg is the briliantly realised subject matter, struck to a double-sided high-relief, and fully textured all over. A shaped piece showing an impeccable sense of depth and perspective, it almost looks like that famous scene in the original Jurassic Park where Richard Attenborough oversees the birthing from the egg of the wee beastie.

Issued for Chad, that African nations coat of arms is struck into the obverse, but apart from that, the whole coin is free from intrusive inscriptions. Something quite different from the usual prehistoric creature coin, PMC are to be commended for making something that suits the coin format so well, and for doing it to such a quality. A first class effort, but just 500 will be minted. Available to order now.

DENOMINATION 10,000 Francs CFA (Chad)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIMENSIONS 34 x 45 mm
FINISH Antique
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high-relief, Shaped
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes