Working their way through the literary works of Polish fantasy author, Andrzej Sapkowski, the Mint of Gdańsk has now debuted their third pair of coins, quite obviously for the third book of the eight published in the Witcher saga, ‘The Blood of Elves’. As before, there are two silver coins in the range, one of the classic two-ounces in weight, the other in the considerably rarer one-kilo format.
Each of the two coins carries quite distinct artwork from the other, so this isn’t simply a case of one being a scaled up version of the other. The two-ounce coin is said to depict ‘an attack of Scoia’tael commando group on a dwarven caravan, which Geralt and Ciri were travelling’. There are a few ‘splashes’ of blood, highlighted with the use of red gold. These coins always have an insert meant to act as a focal point for the coin, and in this case it’s a hardwood wagon wheel. Wood is actually a good choice in combination with antiqued gold – they go well together. The obverse is particularly pretty, full of symbolism from the books, and replete with fine detailing.
The 100 mm diameter kilo coin shows a ‘scene of Ciri’s training in Kaer Morhen. She was training on a “pendulum” – this was an obstacle course on which all witchers trained.’ Ironically, this was a scene recently shown in the hit Netflix TV series, so should be familiar to anyone that’s seen it. The focal point here remains a piece of agate, in this case red, and formed into a castle window. The obverse shows us the Witcher’s stronghold, and the agate that formed a window on the reverse, forms a door here.
An interesting series for the fan, the two-ounce coin is obviously the more affordable, so the fact they’ve done a good job with it, should help ensure popularity. The kilo coin also looks well done. These are very much aimed at fans of the books. The scenes aren’t universally known, like a Greek myth, for example, so you’d need to have some knowledge to appreciate what’s being depicted. Fortunately, the Witcher universe is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, and the coin releases are well-timed in that regard. Both are well presented, and available to pre-order right now.