Hitting dealers just a short while ago after a period of great anticipation, the Mint of Poland’s beautiful Imperial Art: Mesopotamia coin was one of the best art-architecture coins to be released last year. We’ve already covered the coin in some detail in an earlier post, so won’t go over the details again.
At last weekends World Money Fair in Berlin, we were fortunate to stay in a hotel right by Berlin’s famous Museum Island, upon which sits the world-famous Pergamon and Neues museums. The former has one of the most amazing artifacts in the world today, the reconstructed Ishtar Gate from 575B.C. built by the famous King Nebuchadnezzar II, so it seemed an ideal opportunity to have a direct look at the inspiration behind the coin.
We’ve broken down some of the key design elements of the coin and tried to match them up with what we saw at the museums in Berlin. You might notice nothing about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and that’s because they’re not conclusively proven to have ever existed. Certainly no location or contemporary accounts have been discovered, so as far as we’re concerned it’s an unsubstantiated story until evidence appears. It’s a shame that the Ishtar Gate hasn’t taken its place as one of the seven ancient wonders, as it’s magnificent, and exists.
If you ever holiday in Berlin, take time out to see these museums as not only are they full of superb quality artefacts, they’re not overloaded or cluttered, leaving it easy to view unhindered. Just enough as they say, and presented to perfection.
At the bottom of the article there’s a deal on the coin from the US distributor, so take a look if you want one of these beautiful coins.