AllCollect have employed some of Europe’s finest medal makers for its various high-relief coins, including some quite fantastic larger issues. Chief amongst them is Mauquoy, and the Belgian company, De Greef. It is the latter designer that have been entrusted with AllCollect’s latest beast, the one kilogram ‘Mouth of Truth’, and after the stunning Bald Eagle pair they did a couple of years ago, we have high expectations of this one.
This near two-millennia old, 1300 kg piece of carved stone that is the Bocca Dello Veritas, now resides in Rome and has made a bit of a name for itself as a tourist attraction. Importantly, it lends itself exceptionally well to the numismatic treatment, and De Greef have done a near perfect job with it. The reproduction looks first-class, down to the crack running through the original, and enhanced by some subtle ‘marble-style’ colouration over the antique-finish.
The high-relief is just enough to bring the original to life without jumping into caricature territory and the attractive coat of arms of Benin on the obverse will look good on this 100 mm diameter coin. Packaging will be lush, as you would expect from All Collect and the 99 mintage will go some way to justifying the circa €2800 pricetag. Available to order now.
Apologies for the prior version of this post. I spent ages writing it, but it appears Firefox had a brainfart and none of it was saved, so this is a quick rewrite from scratch.