We don’t cover many rounds here as it’s hard enough keeping up with the coins, but we do dabble when we feel it’s relevant, and we think that applies to this very nice series from US dealer APMEX. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are no stranger to coins, and for good reason. We’re sure you know what they are by now – one of them, the Great Pyramid at Giza, is still standing – so let’s move on.
This is a very limited series with just 77 pieces of the one ounce gold version, and 7,777 pieces of the one ounce silver, and it has a very coin-like feel to it. The first issue shone a spotlight on the giant Colossus of Rhodes, and this second one, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the only one of the seven for which no concrete evidence of its actual existence remains.
Because of that, there’s going to be much speculation on its appearance, but the depiction here is a popular one, having at least some basis in possibility. It’s very well done, giving off a sense of serenity, and of the architectural style of the region and the period. The obverse is what lifts this series in our view. A portrait of a leader, along with a faux denomination does give it that coin-like feel. In this case, it’s King Hammurabi, famous even today for his Code of Hammurabi, the first to focus on punishment of the perpetrators of crime, rather than on just compensating the victim. Much of it survives today, although without the various chopping off of body parts…
The gold round comes in a themed tin with a Certificate of Authenticity, while the silver variant is simply encapsulated. However, the same style of tin can be purchased seperately for under $5 USD if you wish to give a home to the silver. Both versions are available to order now, with a quick sell-out on the gold likely with a mintage that low. A nice attractive round with a very tight mintage and a set series size. Ticks a lot of boxes.