Condemned to hold up the celestial heavens forever, Atlas recieved his punishment for taking the side of the defeated Titans in their war with the Greek Gods of Olympus. It was the famous Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator, who published his famous Atlas in 1595, that inextricably linked the Greek legend with collections of maps. Indeed, he is one of the more famous figures in Ancient Greek mythology today, as the Atlantic Ocean is named for him, as well as the legendary island of Atlantis.
Numiartis actually debuted ‘Titans’ as a series in 2018 with a superb Cronus coin. These are obviously Mint of Poland struck 2 oz high-relief coins, but we’ve always been impressed by the attention to detail in the Numiartis issued series in particular. Atlas is certainly no exception on this initial quick look at the new coin. We only have a single good image of the coin at present, but fortunately, it’s a real world one and not a render.
It looks great in our view, correctly depicting Atlas holding up the heavens, rather than the more common view of him holding up the Earth. The background is filled with constellations – seven in total – each highlighted with a 3D printed luminescent dome. These will obviously glow in the dark, further enhancing the concept behind the design.
No image of the obverse yet, but we’d expect that to be a common one, as used in the first Cronus coin (the reverse face of which is depicted below). That was a fine design that mapped out just how complex the history of the Olympian Gods was. Most believe they were the start of everything, much like the Abrahamic religions, but it’s much more convoluted than that. All told, a top release, which we’ll look at again when we get more images.