After looking at Art Mint’s beautiful Medusa coin a couple of days ago, we’re now examining another Medusa coin of quite a different ilk. Major proponents of dimensional coins, the Mint of Poland have generally kept their issues to what we would call geometric shapes – cylinder, sphere. pyramid, etc. Now they’re combining minted and cast components to create something quite different.
Formed in a quarter of a kilo of sterling 0.925 silver, Medusa appears to be a two part coin. The Medusa face is struck in the same way a normal coin is, only with a particularly impressive level of relief. The mosaic-style obverse face with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II in its centre, is part of that. Mounted to the reverse face is a cast representation of the famous snake-hair that defines the legendary Gorgons, of which Medusa is its most famous example. The coin is claimed to be based on the Medusa Rondanini, a late Hellenistic sculpture (or possibly an Augustan Roman copy), which you can see further down, but the link is tenuous at best and the coin has a style of its own.
The end result is certainly striking, and while clearly the same subject as Art Mints coin, it’s done in a completely different style. What you prefer is quite simply a matter of taste, but there is one issue that works in Art Mints favour – cost. Weighing in excess of eight ounces, this dimensional coin is retailing around the €1,000 mark. Even allowing for the diamond eyes in the other coin, that’s going to be at least double the cost.
The finished article on offer here is very striking and would clearly display beautifully. At around 3″ x 3″ in size, you’re not going to have to squint to see it, and the latex-skin floating frame will make display very simple. Available to order now, it should start to ship in early April. A few of our sponsors have it up, so you may want to try there first. A very cool release.