A new set of noncirculating legal tender collector coins from
Kiribati celebrates the macabre.
The Coins from the Crypt set, issued by Kiribati, is being released
Sept. 1. The Proof .925 fine silver $5 coins bring together some of
the most infamous characters of literary horror, invoking visions of
Gothic graveyards, decrepit tombs and ghastly ghouls.
The coins, which honor the Grim Reaper, a werewolf, an “undead
mummy” and the “Headless Horseman,” are packaged in a custom-made
coffin-shaped box that emits creaking sounds as you open it, followed
by a surprise scream.
According to Downies, a special technique was used for high relief
digital printing and to enhance the skulls surrounding each coin.
The obverse of each coins carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II and the coat of arms of Kiribati.
The 2016 coins weigh 25 grams each and measure 40 millimeters in diameter.
The Coins from the Crypt set has a mintage limit of 2,000 pieces,
but its price was not available from the issuers at press time.
To order the set, visit Downies’ website, www.downies.com.