Some of the best ideas in coins are more the result of taking simple ideas that are new and unusual, rather than outright gimmickry, as many have done. A good case in point was Powercoins pretty Micromosaic Passion coins, of which there have been three to date, A gloriously simple idea, just strike the coin to look as if the image upon it was formed of mosaic tiles. A clever choice of classic art as the subject, along with a meticulous level of detail resulted in a beautiful idea made real.
Powercoin have now taken the concept and made something a little different with it, although close enough in execution to appeal to the same collectors. Called Micropuzzle Treasures, instead of a mosaic tile pattern, the coin image is broken up like a jigsaw puzzle, complete with multiple pieces not yet in their proper place. There’s no gimmicks here and it’s a clean strike with colour added, but nevertheless, an intriguing idea. The choice of Vincent van Gogh’s classic Starry Night is a good one.
The obverse looks to be a common one for this series and carries the shield emblem of the island nation of Palau at its centre. Surrounding that, set over a puzzle piece background, is the inscribed title. It’s quite a similar layout to the aforementioned Micromosaic Passion design, although themed for this series, of course.
This is a 3oz fine silver coin, rimless and benefiting fully from CIT’s proprietary Smartminting techniques, With the mintage capped at just 499 pieces, this is obviously a higher end issue, but so was Micromosaic Passion, which has enjoyed continued popularity on the aftermarket. The coin will come packaged in a nice box with a Certificate of Authenticity. The serial number will also appear on the edge of the coin. Available to pre-order this week, it will ship in late Q1/2020. A great issue from a producer choosing subjects just that little bit different.