Torture, murder, sadism, revenge, child endangerment, spite and lashings of evil. These are all elements of what passed for a kids book back in 19th century Germany, and a blockbuster animated movie in the 20th. Like many of the seemingly elegant and charming tales in the collections of the Brothers Grimm (the name should’ve tipped us off…), the underlying reality is quite a bit less cheery than Disney would have us believe.
Snow WHite is no exception, of course, and one of the more widely known of the several hundred tales compiled by the Grimm’s. Distilling the entire story down to a single 50 mm wide silver coin is no mean feat, but Numiscollect have done a top job doing exactly that. Princess? – CHECK. Wicked witch? – CHECK, Poison apple? – CHECK. Seven dwarfs> – HI HO! The scene encompasses all the required elements and there’s no confusion about what is being pictured. A bit of colour to focus the attention on the titular character, sits well on the antique finish, although we’re a little surprised the apple wasn’t coloured. The witches face is fantastic, complete with the obligatory wart (is that Mackenzie Crook…?) I wasn’t sure on first examination, but the more I look at this coin, the more I see and the more I like it. A terrific job by the artist.
The common obverse returns, and unlike the other Cook Islands issued Asian Mythology series, has some extensive decoration to liven things up a bit. The fairy, stars and cast of characters circumnavigating the obverse are a beautiful touch, enhanced by an excellent choice of font for the inscriptions. Clearly a lot of thought has been expended on a face often devoid of it.
This is the second issue in the series, following Little Red Riding Hood (image lower down) and is a three-ounce 0.999 one. Plenty of Smartminted high relief on offer and you know the strike will be first class, so if you love the subject, you’ll be unlikely to find better elsewhere. Shipped in a box with a C.O.A. Snow White will hopefully ship sometime in February 2021. Pre-orders are available now.