There’s no shortage of Poseidon coins on the modern collectors shortlist and many of them are of a high standard. From the original Perth Mint design, through the New Zealand Mints effort and on to the really nice recent release by Treasures of Oz, the old god of the sea has inspired some first class interpretations. Despite the current selection, we think there’s always room for an addition, especially when it’s the sequel to one of the very best issues of 2017.
Ares: God of War from Numiartis and the Mint of Poland joined the market to much applause early last year. Early renders hinted at something special, but we were hugely impressed by the finished article and so were collectors. We all know the jokes about the ‘difficult second album’, but following a hit coin is never easy. We’re stoked to see that this years issue is very much the equal of Ares.
No changes to the basic specification – a two ounce fine-silver coin struck in a rimless, ultra high-relief style and topped off with antique-finishing and some selective gilding. The design is quite outstanding. Yet again the finished article surpasses a render that you’d consider ambitious enough. A hugely dynamic piece full of layer upon layer of interesting details. The gilding isn’t overdone and the overall look is pretty much flawless.
As before, just 500 of these will be struck and they will come in a good wooden box with a certificate of authenticity. As you’d expect, not a bottom-end coin, it sells for around the €350 mark and will ship in late April/early May. We can’t see this one not being a hit and it joins the Egyptian Symbols, and Mythological Creatures series in cementing Numiartis as one of the best producers out there at the moment, and the Mint of Poland the equal of any other mint working today. With issues like this and others from CIT, Numiscollect and Choice Mint, we maintain our view that the ancient mythology genre has no equal for consistently high quality. Available to order now from several of our sponsors.