An integral part of Japanese culture, the Koi, a species of decorative carp widely kept for its beauty, also has significant cultural importance. It’s appeared on several coins in the past, including a very pretty proof offering from the New Zealand Mint, but we think this is the first time it’s appeared on a bullion release.
Anyone familiar with their local tattoo parlour will recognise the inspiration for the design, and the pair of fish, laid out in a yin-yang style, is a staple of the genre. It’s an attractive design, surrounded by a relatively wide border, which is usually a negative for us, but it isn’t filled with inscriptions this time, but with a stylised pattern. In fact, inscriptions are notably absent from the reverse face. That border is also present on the obverse face, here surrounding the national emblem of Fiji.
Quite an extensive range, it consists of the same four variants that made the EC8 range so popular, namely one-ounce gold and silver coins in clean and coloured forms, the latter boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. In addition, there’s a small gold bullion coin tipping the scales at a tenth of an ounce. A great addition on affordability grounds, and it appears to give up little in aesthetics.