Scottsdale’s second EC8 bullion coin for 2020 debuts with a new Hummingbird design for Dominica

Scottsdale Mint’s third run through its eight-coin annual Eastern Caribbean 8 series continues with the second issue of 2020. The dreaded Covid-19 has put a serious dent in the issue programmes, so we’d expect a quicker schedule running forward to get back on track. This time sees the issue of Nature Isle III, the coin for the island of Dominica.

The Purple-throated Carib is one of those amazing species of hummingbird that seems to perform impossible aerial acrobatics, and it has been chosen to represent this stunning island. Quite a detailed strike for a bullion coin, it packs out the reverse face with ease and is one of the nicer designs in the series to date.

Gold and silver one-ounce variants as usual, along with the simultaneous issuance of the coloured proof versions which have often followed on afterwards of late. Good to see them back to coming out at the same time. The proof coins are also an ounce in weight and come in coin boxes. The gold bullion coin comes in Scottsdale’s innovative Certi-Lock packaging. We’ve been collating this series for ages now, so check out our comprehensive Bullion Coin Profile for more details.


The purple-throated carib (Eulampis jugularis) is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It breeds on Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Sint Eustatius. It has occurred as a vagrant in Barbados, Barbuda, Grenada and the Virgin Islands.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and open spaces. The purple-throated carib is notable for the differences in the appearance of the sexes. The male is larger and stronger than the female and has a shorter straight beak. Her beak is curved and about 1/3 longer.

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