Here’s the second part of our CIT roundup of recent releases. You’ll find the first part that covers the latest Marine Wildlife Protection, Berlin Wall, Da Po and Ounce of Luck coins HERE.

Most well-known for the Mongolian Endangered Species nature coins and the Tiffany art-architectural series, Coin-Invest Trust also release some odd and unusual lower-profile coins. They’re one of the few that have actively embraced the gold half-gram size, designing coins specifically for the format, and also releasing themed series containing dozens of releases. The Mountains and Flora series featured here for example, has now hit 48 releases.

BRIGITTE BARDOT

 

 

Another of CIT’s range of half-gram gold coins and the second to feature a famous person and a coloured finish, the first being Marilyn Monroe. Very clean strike given the coins tiny sub 14mm diameter, although we’re not sure the colour adds much at this size.

MINT DESCRIPTION: Brigitte Bardot, also known as BB, was the sex symbol of the 50’s and 60’s. The actress, who was born in Paris on the 28th September 1934, starred in a total of 49 films with co-stars such as Sean Connery, Curd Jürgens or Marcello Mastroianni.

With her unmistakable hairstyle and daring performances, she was one of the most sought after and most photographed film stars. Apart from her film career, Bardot also sang chansons.

Since the 70’s she has been actively involved in animal welfare.

SPECIFICATION:

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
$5 CID 0.9999 AU 0.5 g 13.92 mm PROOFLIKE 5,000

 

THREE WISE MONKEYS

 

This is a rare one, being issued for Tanzania, but in the usual one-ounce silver/half-gram gold combination. The silver coin comes in one of the excellent latex Nimbus frames which makes display very easy. Bit of a balls-up though guys, Chimpanzees aren’t monkeys….

MINT DESCRIPTION: The symbol of the Three Wise Monkeys is associated with Japan, but probably came from China. The exact origin of the allegory is to date not clearly documented.

See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil is a component of a Buddhist teaching and part of a popular belief in the land of the rising sun. Thereby Mizaru covers his eyes, Kikazaru his  ears and Iwazaru his mouth.

SPECIFICATION:

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
1000 Sh 0.999 AG 31.1 g 47×27 mm PROOF 1,888
1500 Sh 0.9999 AU 0.5 g 8.5×15 mm PROOFLIKE 5,000

 

MOUNTAINS AND FLORA

 

An underrated series in our view, they’re a well-designed and very nicely struck range of coins that clearly have an audience given these three coins represent releases 46, 47 and 48 in the series.

Basically partnering a beautifully struck mountain with a small coloured area featuring a plant associated with the mountain region, the range would be a good alternative to those for whom the America the Beautiful coins are too expensive.

MANASLU

The Manaslu in Nepal is one of the fourteen Eight-thousands and with its 8163 meters above sea level it is the eighth highest mountain on earth. Its name means Mountain of the Spirit and its summit was conquered for the first time on May 9th, 1956 by a Japanese expedition team.

TEIDE

The highest mountain in Spain is the Pico del Teide. Its source is volcanic and it is located on the Canary Island Tenerife. The 3718 m high elevation belongs to a national park which was registered in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 2007.

CHO OYU

The 8188 m mountain Cho Oyu is located in the Himalayan region. The sixth highest Eight-thousander was climbed in October 1954 for the first time. The Austrian expedition reached the summit without additional oxygen. The mountain is situated only about 20 km away from Mount Everest.

SPECIFICATION:

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
$5 PALAU 0.925 Ag 20.0 g 38.61 mm PROOF 2,500

 

GOLDEN CHRISTMAS TREE

The latest in a range of unusually shaped half-gram gold ‘coins’, previous releases have included ones shaped like a pig, a dog, a rabbit and a ladybug. We’d imagine these are popular with the jewellry market for use in charms or necklaces, or with the gift market.

MINT DESCRIPTION: The Christmas tree custom does not have a proven date of origin. However, it is presumed that approximately 500 years ago a tree was decorated in the Christmas season for the first time.

In 1982 a Christmas tree was erected on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican for the first time. It is regarded as a symbol of hope, vitality and loyalty.

SPECIFICATION:

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
$1 PALAU 0.9999 Au 0.5 g 11.00 mm BU 15,000