Third Native Animals of Singapore set wraps up this unusually shaped series of silver coins. After the sea and the air comes the land.
For the third year running, the Singapore Mint is releasing a four-coin set depicting the fauna of this internationally admired city state. Starting in 2014 with marine life and featuring birds in 2015, this new 2016 set, the final one, showcases the mammals indigenous to Singapore. Despite the subject matter, these are issued for the Kingdom of Cambodia, even though they’re struck by the Singapore Mint.
The signature design feature of these coins has always been a shape that forms a wave when the coins are aligned alonside each other and that continues to be the case here. Often these unusual design ideas fall apart because it just isn’t possible to display them in the intended manner, but the Singapore Mint has thought of that and presented the coins in the ideal solution. Sandwiched in acrylic layers with some bright background artwork, the coins are positioned perfectly to flow from one to the other, as the background design on each coin was meant to do.
The coins are well done, each struck in half-ounce of fine silver. A colour image of one of four animals sits prominently on the reverse face atop a clean struck representation of the creatures habitat. The animal depicted and the composition are inscribed on each coin. The obverse features the very cool image of the incredible Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, nicely surrounded by foliage. It’s good that the obverse hasn’t been forgotten and has benefitted for some custom design for each of the three sets. The whole is packaged in a good quality outer shipper.
The coin set should be shipping now and sells for $300.00 SGD. These are not as widely available as the output of many other mints is, but we know that Powercoin has stocked earlier sets, so that would be a good starting point to look.
2017 NATIVE MAMMALS OF SINGAPORE SILVER COIN SET
The Singapore Mint is proud to launch the third and final issue of the Discovery of Nature series – 2016 Native Mammals of Singapore Commemorative Coin Set, issued by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC).
This 4-coin set features lifelike depictions of four locally critically endangered mammals, which are relatively unknown to the general public. When pieced together, the four rimless coins bring collectors on a seamless trail through the tropical rainforest, from the forest floor blanketed in leaf litter, up lianas and tree trunks, to the canopy foliage that branches out at great heights.
On the obverse, 4 native mammals of Singapore featured on the coins are namely: Lesser Mousedeer (Tragulus kanchil), Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica), Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and Greater Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang).
On the reverse, the famous Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic symbol, is featured.
a printmistake – 3,000 Riels x 4, NOT 30,000 Riels x4.
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