The Mint of Poland has several domestic animals series of coin under the umbrella title Mans Best Friend. Dogs and cats have been obvious recipients, but the newest of them all is one featuring some of the worlds most admired breeds of horse. The first two coins featured the Arabian and Andalusian horse breeds, the latter of which arrived on the market early last year. Released one per year, these are typical Mint of Poland fare (17.5g coloured silver) and are good looking coins of their type. Packaging is also typical of this mint and of a good quality. Limited to 750 coins, it is available now and sells for around €70.
MINTS DESCRIPTION: Purebred Friesian horses are recognized by their raven-black coat color, powerful overall conformation, good bone structure, arched neck and well-chiseled, short-eared head. A Friesian horse has a long thick mane and a silky tail. These beautiful animals are noted for their brisk, high-stepping trot. Friesian horses are valued for their intelligence, docility and willingness to cooperate with people. Elegant and good tempered, Friesian horses are highly valued among film directors, hence their popularity in movies and television. For example, they were starred in such films as “The Mask of Zorro” and “Interview with a Vampire”
REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – images of the Friesian horses (digital printing, proof surface). In the background – rural landscape of the historical province of Friesland (contemporarily, the Netherlands). Along the rim – name of the coin in Polish and English: KOŃ FRYZYJSKI/Friesian Horse.
OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below it – initials of the sculptor: IRB (Ian Rank-Broadley), mint mark: m/w, hallmark: Ag 999. Along the rim – inscriptions separated by decorative dots: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer), 1 DOLLAR (face value), 2016 (year of issue).