CIT’s Into the Wild – Lion

The second coin of CIT’s Into the Wild series is dedicated to the lion.
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With this second issue of the Into the Wild series CIT sets an impressive monument to the king of the jungle: the lion – featuring smartminting® (Ultra High Relief) and partial color application.

Mongolia / 1,000 Togrog / Silver .999 / 2 oz / 50 mm / Mintage: 999.

Description of the Coin

One side features a lion to the right in a savannah landscape, in the foreground traces of two lion paws, on the front one, the year 2022 is written; in the background an umbrella thorn acacia, birds above; the lion is depicted in color and recessed, part of its body continues the savannah landscape with Mount Kilimanjaro in color.

The other side features the coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic script 1000 Togrog, in Latin script MONGOLIA 2 oz .999 SILVER.

Special Technology: smartminting® (Ultra High Relief) combined with partial color application. Minted by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.

The lion – king of the jungle. Photo: Kevin Pluck / CC BY 2.0


It is considered the king of the jungle: the lion, to whom CIT sets an impressive monument with this second issue of the Into the Wild series. The regal image of the largest land predator was wonderfully captured on the coin by CIT’s designers.

We meet the lion in its natural habitat, in the African savannah at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The ground is covered with parched grass, an isolated umbrella thorn acacia provides shade. As on the first issue of Into the Wild, animal and habitat permeate each other in the depiction. The landscape continues on the recessed lion’s body – a numismatic symbol of how closely the survival of our wildlife is linked to the preservation of its habitat.

What stands out is the technical perfection of the delicate color application in the incuse field. This field is not flat. Its base shows an impressive relief. Minting a relief on the base of such a deep incuse is only made possible thanks to state-of-the-art smartminting® technology. Into the Wild is coinage at its highest precision, dedicated to a subject that affects us all: the preservation of the ecological diversity of our fauna in connection with the protection of the last reserves where wild animals can still live in freedom.


You can find more information on the coin on the CIT website.

If you want to experience all three dimensions of this coin, you have to watch this film:


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