One of the biggest success stories in the bullion market in recent years, the Germania Mint has constructed a superb range of issues, mainly built around the semi-historical nation it’s named after. While there’ve been a few proof versions of those bullion designs, it’s only recently that they’ve expanded further into more overt partnerships with others to produce some quite exquisite coins, like the Knight of the Past for Malta, and the recent Notre Dame with Numiartis. Now they’ve dived into two favourites of ours in a single coin – dinosaurs and meteorites.
This is straight up a super coin. The Triceratops in the foreground is beautifully textured and looks spot-on for anatomy and pose. Colour can often be a coin’s Achilles heel, but the dark and foreboding volcanic panorama of destruction in the background is a fine setting for the scene. The slice of Muonionalista meteorite is embedded into the coin as if it had carved a swathe of carnage on its way. It’s been postulated that the asteroid strike may have been the final straw after centuries of increased volcanic activity, so it works on many levels.
The obverse carries on with the same colour palette, and the meteorite fragment is equally prominent here, but this is clearly a much later scene. Timmy the Triceratops is now shown post-barbecue, next to something that may possibly be even more ancient, Queen Elizabeth II… Again, it looks great, although we’d like to have seen the dinosaur skeleton part buried in the rock for that bit of added depth. All told, a superb coin that these images don’t do full justice to. Fortunately, we have a sample coin in house and our next post will be filled with some close-up shots, so you can see all the detail that the coin has been imparted with.
A quick nod to the coins’ presentation. It’s one of the best we’ve seen. A double-sided acrylic frame on a wooden base, replete with fossil etching, shows off the coin perfectly. This would make a great centrepiece to a fossil display, for example, A two-ounce 0.9999 silver piece, it has a mintage of just 777 pieces, and was produced in partnership with Numizzmi. Hopefully, this is the first of many to come from the collaboration, if this standard is what we can expect. A terrific release, highly recommended.