Scottsdale Mint’s premiere bullion coin series, the Eastern Caribbean 8, is continuing to catch up with the delays imposed by Covey, and today sees the launch of the fifth and sixth coins from the eight-coin 2021 program. For those unfamiliar, the programme encompasses eight Caribbean island nations which are all part of the Eastern Caribbean bank’s sphere of influence. As such, they all carry a common obverse, with the national identity shown only on the reverse face. The 2021 cycle is the fourth since its inception in 2018.
For this release we have St. Vincent & the Grenadines, represented by a humpback whale, and the volcanic island of Montserrat, using a Blue-Girdled Angelfish. There’s been a wide range of subjects in this series, even amongst each country, so it’s no doubt a coincidence we get a pair of aquatic designs this time. That doesn’t mean the styles are the same, with the Humpback Whale coin using a more stylistic type of artwork to show us this magnificent animal. The Montserrat coin uses a more photo-realistic approach for its depiction of the gorgeous Angelfish. Both look good, in my view.
No changes to the available formats, with all four of the one-ounce offerings returning. There are cleanly struck gold and silver bullion coins, along with brightly coloured, and considerably smaller numbers of gold and silver proof variants. The proof coins come neatly boxed, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. The bullion coin come encapsulated, the gold in the mints Certi-Lock security packaging. We’ve always liked this series for its sheer variety, and it continues to do so. Yet to come are St. Lucia, and St. Kitts & Nevis. We’re not expecting too long a wait for those. You can see all the previous issues in each of the 4 variants in our comprehensive Bullion Coin Profile.