The Ghana Leopard bullion coin from Scottsdale Mint is back for a fourth outing with a gold proof in tow

Scottsdale are on a mission to catch up with their planned release schedule after the initial Covid-19 wave caused chaos, and the latest to see the light of day is the fourth in their African Leopard series issued for Ghana. The first coin debuted back in 2017 in one-ounce fine silver form with a fairly typical 60,000 mintage, but it was the 2018 release that exploded interest in the series.

That coin hit with a vastly reduced mintage of 8,500 pieces, and as you’d expect given the precipitous drop in numbers, sold out at the mint in a day! The 2019 coin came back with a sensible 25,000 mintage, but this years entrant is back down at 10,000 pieces. Hopefully, this will be the fixed number going forward as the confusing mintage variation that has befallen the Ghanaian Leopard range is not particularly desirable, to be honest.

SILVERSILVER
SILVERSILVER

Another decent design for 2020. A solid depiction of an aggressive leopard with its kill is a good one that fits the style set by the previous trio very well. The common obverse is back, complete with leopard fur background texture. Strangely, the date is inscribed here, as always, but also on the reverse face – something we noticed only seems to occur on even numbered dates.

New for 2020 is a gold version in a proof finish. With a mintage capped at just 100 pieces, this is a surprising addition given there has been no gold version to date, or proof coins. It’s doubly surprising given the multitude of other gold offerings from Scottsdale Mint, so it isn’t like this was a necessary addition. Whatever the case, it’s welcome enough. Available toorder from the usual dealers, we’ll add this to our pretty comprehensive round-up of Scottsdales bullion coin ranges.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION 5 Cedis (Ghana) 20 Cedis (Ghana)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.9999 gold
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIMENSIONS 38.6 mm 38.6 mm (T.B.C.)
FINISH Proof Proof
MODIFICATIONS None None
MINTAGE 10,000 100
BOX / C.O.A. No / No Yes / Yes
SCOTTSDALE MINT