Also by Bullion Exchanges, this quite gorgeous continent-shaped coin is a brilliant way to depict the legendary ‘Big Five’ animals from Africa. The Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, and Elephant, are certainly no stranger to the modern coin world, but we’ve never seen it done with such style, as it has here. The way the animals are merged into a coin the shape of Africa, without any wasted space, or compromises to the look of the beasties, is just outstanding.
I really can’t pick fault with it, to be honest. The antique-finish is ideal, helping to give it depth through faux-shadow, and all the animals look spot-on. The silhouette in front of the setting sun on the obverse, is a fine touch, and the national emblem of the issuing country – the Republic of Chad – is particularly apt here in a way it wasn’t on the Eagle coin. Again, the serial number is engraved on it here.
In this case, there are two variants, although they both share a common design. The five-ounce coin is limited to 555 pieces, but the considerably more affordable one-ounce coin will be easier to pick up, with 5,000 being struck. Either way, a surprise release, but one that easily takes its place as one of our favourites of the year to date, a position we’d not be surprised to see it hold on to at years end.