Another mint showing an increasing interest in the bullion market, the RoyaI Australian Mint added to their presence with a very nice dolphin pair last December. Depicting a bottlenose dolphin leaping from the sea, it was an attractive and popular design with a mintage in line with the growing trend for smaller runs of coins.
Back for a second year, the RAM has now released, via APMEX, a new addition to the stable. Carrying on with the same aquatic family, the species of choice this time is the Spinner Dolphin. Stenella longirostris inhabits tropical waters around the world and is a relatively small species famed for its acrobatic nature. Spinning along its longitudinal axis as it leaps from the sea they can make between 2 and 5.5 rotations before splashing back down.
As is evident from the images, the mint has done a fine and appropriate job of depicting this playful creature erupting from the sea. We liked last years coin immensely, and this one is even better. The dolphin actually fits the shape of a coin without any real compromises, something we feel the crocodile, for example, has struggled with.
The same two versions are on offer as the debut 2019 issue. The 0.9999 1oz gold coin has a miniscule mintage of just 250 pieces and comes in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity, while the three-nines silver coin is capped at just 25,000 pieces and is supplied encapsulated. They’re available as an APMEXcIusive, although other dealers , like LPM in Hong Kong, also stock them. A fine addition to the market. Available to order how.