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.