The Mint of Poland’s latest takes an unusual approach to the field of architecture-themed coins by combining it with the world of drone photography. These little insect-like devices are now capable of some quite phenomenal feats using greater than 4k resolution cameras, yet remaining well under $1000 in many cases, often half that.
The result is that people are getting more used to seeing the footage and every shot in every TV or movie of a car from above driving in a woods (the new cliche…), is done with one. The mints decision to showcase that is neat, unusual, and done in what we think is a clever way.
This is a domed coin, so what better way to show off the distorted ultra-wide angle ‘fisheye’ effect of some drones than to wrap the design around something eyeball shaped? The stylised view of Barcelona has a forced perspective and is focused on the diagonal road leading to the stunning Sagrada Familia. It isn’t an overly complex piece of design, but combining the difficulties of striking high-relief and the difficulties of striking on a domed surface is no easy feat and they’ve done a good job with the overall look.
The concave obverse features an image of a drone and the usual issue inscriptions. Again, it looks good and is fully on point. A nice coin overall and one we feel will no doubt spawn sequels. The style will make the choice of city critical. Something like the relatively low-rise Barcelona with its occasional tall building, works well, but we’d imagine New York or Hong Kong would be harder to pull off. Presented in a latex-skin frame, this two-ounce silver coin has a mintage of 700 and is available to order now.