Ten days into 2020 and we have the first Mint of Poland high-relief coin themed around the ancient world to enjoy. This first issue is actually the second in the Gods of Anger series and follows the launch of Anubis in 2019. Sticking with the Egyptian theme, we have the falcon headed god, Horus, a deity that represented the sky and the Sun.
I’m sure that regular readers will know the drill by now. This is a 2oz, rimless, fine silver, ultra high relief, antique-finished, and embellished (in this case with some subtle gilding) coin. If all that sounds like a format becoming a little overly familiar and unexciting, nothing could be further from the truth. The kicker with these coins is some quite stunning designs. I’d have no qualms arguing these are pure art and if you’re looking at these in terms of the spot price, you’re way off point. That’s what bullion is for and there’s a ton of choice there now – more than ever, in fact.
Egyptian mythology is one of the richest in visual terms. Not just human, these are amalgamations of the human and animal world, loved by a civilisation that understood the place of the natural world in its own far better than we do today, if not in a scientific sense, but certainly in terms of respect. Horus is one of the most striking of all, with his falcon head and feet, a deity that would have evoked awe in the people of the time. Horus worship started around 8,000 years ago, so it’s quite amazing that it still has so much appeal today.
The coin is beautiful, in our eyes, a fantastic mix of bird and man unmatched (although Sesame Street got close…). It’s dynamic, fits the coin face perfectly, and has a cool city background to represent its subjects. A small amount of gilding to the spear head draws the eye in towards the face of Horus. The obverse should match that of the Anubis coin, as we’ve yet to get an image of that. It was neat, and surrounded the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with some Egyptian hieroglyphics in a border.
Presented in a box with a Certificate of Authenticity, there will be 500 of these struck and it should ship from around the end of February. The distributor is Pela Coins, although you should be able to buy this at plenty of dealers worldwide. Check out the Where to Buy page for examples. A fine start to the year for this theme. If 2020 can maintain the standard of 2019, collectors will be more than happy I should think. Check out other releases in our Thematic Guide to the range.