With their reputation for cunning, few animals play as prominent a role in popular culture and folklore as the fox. This is partly due to the fact that foxes live in closer proximity to humans than most other wild animals. So widespread is the red fox that this member of the wolf family is not an endangered species. With a maximum mintage of only 30,000, and containing half an ounce of gold, the beautifully finished fourth coin in our Wildlife in our Sights series is, however, far rarer.
The cave paintings of Lascaux in southwest France are lasting proof that mankind has been fascinated by animals since the dawn of civilisation. Painting by torchlight and using bare rock as their canvas, our Cro-Magnon ancestors strove, with astonishing results, to capture the likeness of the deer, the horse and the bull. Some 17,000 years later, our tools may have changed but our fascination certainly hasn’t.
Anyone who has been lucky enough to observe wild animals in their natural habitat knows just how magical the moment one finds oneself face to face with a magnificent wild beast can be. Wildlife in our Sights is a sumptuous series of six half-ounce gold coins, each one capturing that moment for eternity.
Each handsome coin features a masterful depiction of one of the continent‘s most recognisable wild animals in their natural habitat. In addition, the lower part of each coin is exquisitely decorated with an ornate design that gives the series its distinctive character. Fashioned with precision and passion by our master engravers and minted to the very highest standards in Proof quality only, these extraordinary coins are guaranteed to delight coin collectors and animal lovers alike. The first four editions in the series, the Red Deer, the Wild Boar, the spectacular Capercaillie and the Fox are already waiting for you to track them down.