With everything that’s been going on in the world, it’s no surprise that the coin world hasn’t been spared, and we’d not have been surprised in the slightest if Scottsdale Mint had decided to eschew its annual bullion jaunt around eight Caribbean nations. Late, but unbowed, the first in the mints third Caribbean cruise has now launched, and as before, it’s Antigua & Barbuda kicking it off.
This nations theme has been its old history of rum running – the smuggling of cheap booze into heavily taxed America. By cheap, we actually mean stolen, so the Royal Navy got involved and started drinking it as well. Whatever the actual finer points are, it’s been a fine theme for this entrant in the eight coin series, and this years goes all in on the ship, dropping the barrels from the design (rum, not gun…).
The same four formats as in previous years, all a troy ounce in weight. A gold and a silver pure bullion coin, and the same pairing in proof form with colour highlights. It’s obviously a successful formula for them. Mintages of the bullion variants stay the same, but the proof coins have dropped to 500 silver and 100 gold (from 2,500 silver and 500 gold).
It’s good to see the series back, and we’re looking forward to seeing the next seven designs that will make up the 2020 EC8 program. We’ve been collating this series or some time in our comprehensive Bullion Coin Profile, so head on over there for the full details of this series.We’ll add this one in due course.