The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ‘Prehistoric Life’ bullion coin series is back with a second release for 2020. Following on from the release of Tyrannosaurus Rex back in July, the producer has headed away from land to the depths of our primordial seas with another big beastie sitting near the apex of the food chain – Plesiosaurus.
Now, as a bullion coin, these are obviously not going to be challenging the likes of CIT’s superb release depicting the same subject, but they come in at a literal fraction of the price and are aimed at a different market. We’re just pleased the subject has seen a little bit of a boost of late, along with the South African Mints superb series as well. However, the design is okay, but nothing more. It’s recognisable as a Plesiosaur, but lacks the refined anatomy and perspective we here at AgAuNEWS put so much emphasis on seeing.
The well realised timeline border returns, as does the common obverse with the DRC’s national emblem in the middle. It’s a standard one-ounce 0.999 silver bullion coin with a small 10,000 mintage, and there’s also a 0.5g minigold variant as well (2,000 mintage), that seems to do a decent job of maintaining detail on the 11 mm diameter surface (sans the border, sadly), although that remains to be seen in real life.
Available to order from dealers now, this is an APMEX exclusive in North America, but more widely accessible in other countries. We haven’t managed to get a hold of a sample of either this or the T-Rex to date, which is a shame, as we’d like to photograph to give a better impression of them. The official images, as you can see, are really not great – a common problem in the coin world.