The tank of the ancient battlefield, war elephants were not exactly practical, or that impactful, with a reputation far larger than the reality would suggest. The coin has a spec that it’s fair to consider a Mint of Poland classic, rimless, 2oz of silver, high-relief, and with some gilding. There’s a lot to like here, although not without some small problems, in our view. The building interior setting is hardly realistic. In the same way a modern Main Battle Tank is at its most vulnerable in an urban environment, a war elephant wouldn’t be deployed in this scenario either. Ironically, the frame insert card has a far more apt scene of their deployment than the coin.
Also, the hard surface the elephant is standing on precludes a natural-looking interaction between the two, so the elephant appears to be a little detached from the background, allowing no sense of the weight of the animal to be depicted. In general, however, there’s a lot to like in the detail, with the soldier in the foreground nicely done with fine perspective. Sadly, the same dull obverse is used again. We do wish the mint would glam them up, like it does with its collaborative efforts. The Mint of Gdansk’s recent Genghis Khan coin is a perfect example.