Larger than the Qianlong Vase coin at a full troy-ounce, they also move away from the round shape to the square format which gives plenty of space for the main attraction. Each of the coins has in the centre of the reverse face, a porcelain miniature of a famous piece of pottery from one of five countries. As well as Armenia, of course, Ancient Greece, China, Russia and Iran are all represented with a coin. These are not generic miniatures, but replicas of actual historical pieces from various museums around the world.
Now we’re aware that pottery is a niche interest and that coins with items stuck to their face are an acquired taste, but there’s no denying these are pretty impressive items. The porcelain adornment is coloured to a high-standard and the struck background is patterned to suite the culture being showcased. Packaging is a sensible choice. The latex-skinned ‘floating-frame’ is more than flexible enough to accomodate the thickness of the coin and allows for an easy display. They come supplied in a themed cover sleeve.
Available to order now, the Bank of Armenia is setting the mintage at aa maximum of 2,000 pieces per design, but the Mint of Poland has them at 300 pieces of each. We have a feeling these will be difficult to track down, with ebay likely the first port of call, but no sign on there yet. It may be worth contacting site sponsors Muenzdachs, Intercoins Berlin, or Powercoin as well, as they also tend to have ranges of interesting coins from the region.