All hail our bug overlords! Powercoins’ latest Clockwork Evolution coin is a mechanical Ladybird

A neat surprise last year was the release of the first Mechanical Evolution coin by Rome-based dealer/producer, Powercoin. Tapping into that continuing cultural trend for the fusion of the biological and the mechanical, it showed us what could happen when mechanisation is applied to the smallest facets of our natural world – insects. It started with a bee, and for the second coin we’ve stayed in the entomological world with the Ladybird.

It’s another very striking design, fully smartminted, with sharply defined high-resolution, and rich colouring. The Ladybird, or Ladybug if that’s what they call them where you are, is shown with its elytron (wing covers) opened to expose an intricate, geared interior mechanism. The head and thorax are similarly adorned. Indeed, this is more of a machine in the guise of a natural creature, than an amalgamation of the two. It’s a neat concept, with what looks to be a first-class implementation.

The common obverse returns, and it continues with the watch-like geared mechanicals. The design is well-defined, varied, and suitably enhanced by the black proof finish. The corralling of the issue details to the centre of one such gear-wheel, is a very nice touch. As we’ve often said, inscriptions can make or break a designs’ integrity, and too often not enough thought is given to their placement. No such problems here.

Neat packaging rounds out another unusual, and attractive release from Powercoin. The Certificate of Authenticity is included in the box, and the serial number is also engraved on the edge of the coin. It’s a three-ounce coin, so you’ll have to dig deep to the tune of circa €400 for one, but that’s typical at this level. The mintage of 999 means availability should be decent. Available now, it should ship around the end of August.


This spectacular 3 oz Silver coin is the second issue in the Clockwork Evolution series, depicting evolved animals with both organic and mechanical parts. In this issue: Mechanical Ladybug. The coin features an innovative multi-layer technique, has a vivid colouration and comes in a beautiful case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to only 999 pcs worldwide.

The coin’s reverse depicts a ladybug with both natural and mechanical parts. Its spread wings are bright red and are true to nature, whereas its head and inner body are made up of gears, pistons, and other mechanical parts. The ladybug appears to be resting on a flower, which also has organic and mechanical components. The year of issue is shown on the right: “2021.” The coin’s obverse depicts an intricate clock mechanism with many details in High Reliefs. The Mongolian Coat of Arms and the inscriptions: “2000 TOGROG” – the face value, “MONGOLIA” – the issuing country, and “3 OZ.999 SILVER” – the weight and fineness of the Silver can be found on the left side of the obverse.

DENOMINATION 2000 Togrog (Mongolia)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 93.3 grams
FINISH Black proof
MODIFICATIONS Ultra high-relief, Colour, Smartminting
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes