In early 2015 a couple of new designs appeared depicting the standing goddess Fortuna, and Salus, the Roman personification of well-being, the former being dated 2014 and the latter 2015. Each follows the same design brief as the first three coins. Further designs featuring the Roman personification of Victory, and one of the goddess Diana were also released throughout 2015. A 2016-dated Neptune arrived a while ago, and that’s been joined by a latest coin called Moneta. That brings the total number in the range up to nine coins, not including a special called ‘Wheel of Fortune’ that while not strictly part of the series, is clearly inspired by it.
Having seen the first three coins, we can confirm the strike and background design is absolutely first class, but be aware that the images of the first three coins above aren’t quite accurate. The coins appear gilded but they’re in fact gold-printed, we believe with an ink carrying an suspension of gold particles. The finished result is nowhere near as intense and rich as proper gilding. The Fortuna coin image shows a more correct representation of an actual coin. A missed opportunity we think, but one that doesn’t overly detract from what are quite beautifully struck designs.
They’re available with a box, but the dealer has to buy them seperately and as a result we tend to see them sold just in a capsule with the certificate in a bag. We’ve seen one dealer selling the first three coins in a nimbus frame with a custom insert that looks a lot better, but otherwise you’d need to ask your dealer to get the boxes in, we’d imagine.
Mintages are a bit of a wildly varying set of numbers. The Taurus was 777, the Iustitia 3333, the Venus back down to 777, Victoria 999, Fortuna and Salus were back up to 3333, Diana back down to 999, and now the 2016 coins are at a series low of 500. We’re not quite sure what’s going on here, perhaps some are pre-sold to specific bulk buyers in advance, but it’s a bit of a mess to be honest. All the mintages are listed as ‘up to’, so it’s possible that all are quite tight in numbers.
|COIN||STANDARD||2014 WHEEL||2018 WHEEL|
|DENOMINATION||$1 NEW ZEALAND||$1 NEW ZEALAND||10 MKD MACEDONIA|
|COMPOSITION||0.9999 SILVER||0.9999 SILVER||0.9999 SILVER|
|WEIGHT||15.5 g||11.8 g||11.8 g|
|DIAMETER||35.0 mm||35.0 mm||35.0 mm|
|MINTAGE||MAX 3,333 (SOME 777)||MAX 7,777||MAX 7,000|