Despite how massive the popularity and financial clout of the modern sporting star, it isn’t often that any of them make the transition to the coin world. It doesn’t matter if it’s current racing drivers, boxers, or Olympians, numismatic issues are few and far between. We get coins for tournaments and events, of course, but rarely individuals. It’s especially perplexing when it comes to the true giants of sport, football stars, but the Mint of Gdansk are looking to change that with a multi-year programme showcasing the career of Polish centre-forward, Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski is a legend, not only for his Polish international performance but also in Germany, where he’s spent the bulk of his national career, for the last eight years with German champions, Bayern Munich. As you can see from his career highlights in the image below, he has impeccable credentials as a genuine superstar of the game, but it still takes a leap of faith to commit to a coin series for an individual, because football fans are incredibly partisan, which will restrict the potential customer-base straight away. Fortunately, Lewandowski is top-level popular in Poland and Germany, two coin-loving countries, but kudos to Mint of Gdansk regardless.