We’ve long admired Art Mint’s flagship ‘Mandala’ series of coins, and it’s been a pleasure to watch it grow in ambition and intricacy since it debuted in 2015. The last two issues in particular, the Gothic and the Persian, were beautiful examples of the numismatic art, and we’re pleased to say that the 2021 coin keeps up the high standard set by them.
The series hasn’t moved too far geographically, going from Persia to Turkey, and you can see the linked DNA between the two styles, but this one has leaned more towards a uniform level of detailed relief, rather than a mix of bold lines and a fine background that defined the Persian coin. It is another gorgeous piece of work, with the focal point being an almost ethereal looking piece of labradorite, a gemstone that exhibits an iridescent effect actually called labradorescence because of its distinctive nature.
The biggest change last year was the contouring of the reverse face. The centre area was domed upwards, with the piece of wide jasper inset at its peak. The 2021 coin continues the trend, but has the domed area set inside a deeply concave centre section. Despite all these changes in elevation, the fine geometric detail remains uninterrupted. It’s all very impressive.
Antique-finished, and with a three-ounce 0.999 silver composition, this remains a higher-end range of coins, but one that holds an almost timeless quality. Very nicely presented, the series remains a testament to the passion this French producer brings to its products. Available to order now, the mintage of 500 is not expected to hang around for long. We now have a full profile to the series up for those who want to see all the previous issues in one place and in high resolution.