Scottsdale Mint’s huge EC8 bullion series hits its 2021 halfway mark with Anguilla and Dominica additions

Scottsdale Mint’s flagship bullion coin series, the Eastern Caribbean 8, has been one of the victims of constraints placed on the mint by the pandemic, but they’ve been working hard to get back on track. They’ve now issued the second of the four pairs of coins due in 2021. This time, the two nations chosen are Dominica, a stunning jungle-covered mountainous island known for its wildlife, and a personal favourite, Anguilla. There are, as you’ve no doubt ascertained from the series title, eight island nations in the Eastern Caribbean represented each year, and this is the fourth year it’s been running.

Each takes a characteristic of the country for showcasing, and with Dominica, that tends to gravitate towards the astonishing microcosm that is the volcanic (it actually has the world’s second-biggest hot spring) islands’ ecosystem. Scottsdale have chosen the island’s national bird, the Sisserou, also called the Imperial Amazon parrot, and the depiction of a pair of them is charming.

For Anguilla, we’ve moved away from the lobsters of prior issues, to the famous sailing regattas. These are huge events on the island, as much a part of the calendar as the Superbowl is in the US. There’s a fantastic atmosphere during the races, and almost the entire island comes out to watch. I’d hoped to dig out some of my images of the time I lived there back in 2005/6, with show the races under way, but they’re archived somewhere, so no luck yet.

Each design comes in the same gold and silver bullion (both a troy ounce), as well as gold and silver coloured, that has defined the EC8 programme since inception. The latter pair come boxed with a certificate of authenticity. All variants should be available to order now. You can see all the previous 26 issues in each of the 4 variants in our comprehensive Bullion Coin Profile.


Boat racing has deep roots in Anguillan culture and is the national sport. There are regular sailing regattas on national holidays, such as Carnival, which are contested by locally built and designed boats. These boats have names and have sponsors that print their logo on their sails.

There are regular sailing regattas on national holidays which are contested by locally built and designed boats. These regattas do not conform to international sailing rules with regard to right of way. Instead, there is only one rule, known as the “hard lee” rule. The racing boats are unusual in that they have no deck. (Wikipedia)


The Imperial Amazon (Amazona imperialis) or Dominican Amazon, also known as the Sisserou, is a parrot found only on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The species is critically endangered. In 2019, it was estimated there were only about 50 mature individuals left in the wild.

The Imperial Amazon is endemic to the Caribbean island nation of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles where it inhabits mountain forest areas above 625 m. It is the island’s national bird and also appears on the country’s flag. The species frequently occurs in the Morne Diablotins in northern Dominica, especially the upper Picard River Valley on the northwest side of the mountain. A small population has been reintroduced in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

The sisserou’s diet consists of fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms and palm shoots. Usually, they feed in the morning and evening. The Imperial Amazon measures an average of 48 cm in length. With males weighing an average of 900 g and females 650 g, the species is large for its genus. (Wikipedia)

DENOMINATION $2 East Caribbean $2 East Caribbean $10 East Caribbean $10 East Caribbean
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 38.6 mm 38.6 mm 38.6 mm 38.6 mm
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated Proof Brilliant uncirculated Proof
MODIFICATIONS None Colour None Colour
MINTAGE 25,000 500 2,500 100
BOX / C.O.A. No / No Yes / Yes Certi-Lock Yes / Yes