With the increasing focus on higher end numismatics, it’s easy to overlook potential problems arising from it. Even ignoring the economic woes affecting more and more people, and the subsequent shrinking of disposable income, it’s hard to entice new collectors into the hobby when the price of entry is so high. Outside of bullion coins, there’s little to capture the interest of potential hobbyists in the sub-$100 realm. Enter ACP with a new idea.
Utilising what must be the thinnest silver blank on the market today, at just 0.15 mm thick, this new range hits a 30 mm diameter, despite tipping the scales at just one gram. Obviously, high-relief is out of the question, so the responsibility for creating the artwork falls to laser etching and pad printing, the latter often superior to digital on many surfaces as it avoids that pixelated look up close. As a result, art that is crisply defined, and with high contrast will work best, and Artisan have done just that.
Rather than focus on a single theme, the producer has cast a wide net, and the first three issues cover visual trickery, astrophysics, and the Chinese lunar calendar. Quite a mix. All are quite striking, and the etched obverse, featuring the national coat-of-arms of Chad, is particularly nice. Each of the three designs is available in both proof, and gilded finishes, with identical mintages and prices.
It’s great to see new ideas, especially when they come in at under $40/€50, and ACP have done a great job picking a varied, and quirky range of imagery to kick it off. The range is called ‘Biggest and Thinnest’, and we hope it’s successful in attracting new interest in numismatics, and with current collectors looking for something unique. Available now, they can be purchased direct from First Coin Company, or from Powercoin, with other dealers to follow.