Scottsdale Mint continue to keep us guessing as to the next of their well regarded limited mintage bullion coins and there’s another jump in theme and issuer for their latest offering. Producers of a selection of such one-ounce silver bullion coins as the Cayman Islands Marlin and the Congo Silverback Gorilla, the Republic of Ghana African Leopard is a perfect continuation of the range.
Available only as an ounce of fine 0.999 silver, the coin reverse depicts a stalking, aggressive leopard that’s getting ready to pounce on unsuspecting prey. A good piece of art, it fills the coin face completely. There’s no border on this face, the inscription ‘AFRICAN LEOPARD’ sits in the artwork itself, but does so in a way that doesn’t detract from any of the major elements. The coin composition is also inscribed on this face, but quite unobtrusively. The obverse has a border that holds the rest of the required text (issuer, date, denomination), and this surrounds an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This whole face has gone away from the smooth finish and has a very cool pattern of leopard spots struck into it. Very unusual and clever, we like this immensely as it livens up the usually boring obverse and fits the theme of the coin to perfection.
Like most of Scottsdale Mint’s limited run silver bullion coins like this, the mintage is capped at 50,000 pieces. Individual coins will ship encapsulated, with packs of five coins coming supplied in sleeves. Premiums are as you’d expect for a bullion coin, just a little higher than the cheapest, but still great value. The coins should start to show up at US-based dealers from next Monday, maybe a few days earlier from Europe, we’re not sure yet. The plethora of choice in this market continues to grow, something we can’t help but applaud.