A long running seriesof 17.50 gram silver coins that debuted in 2015, the Mint of Poland’s Scarabaeus series reproduces one of the biggest icons in Ancient Egyptian culture – the scarab beetle. This series is a little different from most commemorative ranges in that rather than have a basic design that changes every year, they have a repeating design which is finished and adorned differently.
Uniquely, however, this latest issue using the same theme is wholly different. For starters, the weight of the coin has increased to 62.2 grams (two troy ounces). Most importantly, the design is all new, exhibiting increased detail levels and high relief. Colour is back, as are inset minerals – in this case, three half-spheres of natural amber. The colour is subdued, looking all the better for it, and it’s highly stylised, employing what looks to be an almost embroidered looking border to the wings.
The obverse is a simple effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley, and is devoid of modification, sadly.The overall result is a high-point for the theme from this mint, in our opinion, with the rimless coin suiting the artwork very well, much like Scottsdales superb bullion coins. Available to order now, it comes in a wooden box with a C.O.A. and has a mintage of 500 pieces.
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