Mint of MK continues to expand their eclectic coin range with spiders, voodoo, aquatic tunes, and a short rider

The Mint of MK’s highly varied range of low mintage numismatics is continuing faster than we can keep up, so e’ve decided to do another round-up of four of the latest ones. We’ve got voodoo, spiders, medieval European legends, and Greek mythology in the mix this time, so clearly this producer likes to cast a wide net for numismatic inspiration, and why we have such interest in showing you their coins.

While the subjects vary, the format does not. Each of the four we’re looking at here is two-ounces of 0.999 silver, with a 50 mm diameter, and an antique finish. They’re all packaged in those excellent solid acrylic block frame/box, are issued for Cameroon, and each have a mintage of 199 pieces. Other than some gilding and/or UV colour, you’re free to concentrate on the design you like the most, or the theme with the most appeal. It’s an impressive selection, all of which should be available to order now.

2025 MARIE LAVEAUX: QUEEN OF VOODOO

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Kicking it off, we have Marie Laveaux, the Queen of Voodoo. Marie was a Louisiana Creole who practiced voodoo in New Orleans in the 19th century. She was the leader of the practitioners through most of her life, until her death in 1881, aged 79, although we don’t know how many times she rose from the dead in that time…

The coin is one that employs a high-relief strike on both faces, and Laveaux is the prime subject of the reverse. She is shown in her earlier years, elegantly attired, and standing in front of what looks like a New Orleans cemetery. The serpentine decoration is gilded, and her eyes have a UV colour that glows in a darkened environment.

There’s also UV eyes on the obverse face, only this time they belong to what we can only describe as a snake-human hybrid. It’s accompanied by a pair of smaller demonic creatures, and the background is a flowing mass of scaled snakes, intermingled with some gilded spiritual motifs. An unusual and unique subject for a coin. We’d like to see more of this world mined for inspiration.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
MARIE LAVEAUX 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 50.0 mm Antique, UV 199

CHRONICLES OF ENCHANTMENT: 2025 THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN

The Headless Horsemen is a tale that originated in medieval Europe. There are numerous versions of the story, with the Irish having him as a demonic fairy who carries his head under his arm, the Germans a revenant cursed to wander the earth to atone for their sins, and in England, he’s actually linked to the Arthurian legend. Most popularly, there’s Washington Irving’s 1820 short story, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’.

We’re particularly enamoured with this coin, and it’s fair to say that either face could be the main attraction. The reverse depicts the horseman, sword in hand, and wearing a hooded cloak. Inside the hood is nothing. The richly decorated horse in the background has a similar looking eye.

The obverse features the mounted horseman, riding through a haunted wood on a stormy night, at full gallop. This looks a particularly atmospheric design with a great use of perspective. It’s my favourite face. No gimmicks on this one, just a straight-up antique finish. We look forward to seeing the next issue in this series.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
HEADLESS HORSEMAN 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 50.0 mm Antique 199

2025 SIREN

Sirens is a terrific look at one of the most enigmatic creatures in Greek mythology, and the coin design leans heavily into the more fantastical side of the legends. We have the fishtail, of course, and there are skulls and tentacles everywhere. This isn’t a lady to take home to meet your mum. Replete with high-relief and selectively gilded, it’s packed to the gills (pun intended…).

The obverse depicts a six-fingered webbed hand emerging from cracked earth. Behind the hand is a heavily scaled tail. Just like the reverse face, this one packs in the high-relief, even down to the text. A fine coin in a packed genre.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
SIREN 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 50.0 mm Antique 199

2025 SPIDERS: TARANTULA

To round things out, we have the first in a new series of spider coins, and what better way to start things off than the Big Daddy of the arachnid world – the Tarantula. You all know the format of choice by now, so the design is our focus here, and it’s fair to say that natural realism wasn’t top of the agenda.

All the elements are here, but they’ve been ramped up to 11 on the scary dial to create the kind of creature that arachnophobes would lose sleep over. Nestled in the undergrowth, this tarantula pops in high-relief, and as well as the antique finish, it also has a UV colour application to create that eerie ‘glow-in-the-dark’ look for added creepy.

The obverse they’re calling Scarlet Web, and depicts a tarantula in its web. It’s the weakest of the four obverse designs here, in our opinion, and not as clear and distinct as the others. Overall, however, a good debut, and we look forward to seeing where it goes next.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
TARANTULA 2,000 Francs CFA (Cameroon) 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 50.0 mm Antique, UV 199