Despite the high-profile launch of such eagerly awaited coins as Tiffany, Mongolian Wildlife and Coin Invest Trust’s experimental releases, the item that caught my eye the most in Berlin was the relaunch of a minor two-year old coin, Chinggis Khaan, issued for the Asian state of Mongolia. The big news from CIT at the show was the public launch of SmartMinting, a technique allowing hitherto unprecedented levels of intricate relief on smaller coins, amongst many other benefits. Applied to a range of their new coins, CIT took the inspired step of using it on a previous release to ably demonstrate the benefits of the process in comparison to traditional strikes.
The coin reverse is a representation of the head of what is the world’s largest equestrian statue, built in Mongolia, of its most famous son, Chinggis Khaan, the head of the Mongol hordes that went on to carve out the world’s largest contiguous land empire. The statue itself is a huge and stunning work of art formed in stainless steel, and of a scale hard to imagine. Frankly, it’s a fantastic subject for a coin, full of angular detail, formed in metal, and a figure of immense fascination around the world.
The new issue is an almost identical design to the 2014 coin, but has a look that is simply worlds apart from its older brother. Sat in the display cabinet on the CIT stand, it almost looked like the face of the Khaan was following you around and staring back at you. It’s hard to describe, but it was one of the highlights of the show for me personally. Struck in an ounce of fine silver, the coin is boxed in one of CIT’s customised wooden boxes, and comes with the obligatory Certificate of Authenticity. We like this one immensely and will definitely pick one up. Outside of putting the date on the obverse, we wouldn’t change a thing and highly recommend a look at one yourself.