The Mint of Poland continues, albeit at a slightly slower rate, to flesh out its stunning collection of antiqued high-relief coins featuring various aspects of the ancient world. One of the finest range of designs in modern numismatics, it’s nevertheless becoming harder and harder to differentiate between the various series. One aspect of the ancient and medieval world that hasn’t had much coverage is really quite surprising – actual history.
No such shortcomings here. Chinggis, or Genghis, Khan was a very real part of history. Indeed, there can be few individuals that have had as much influence on world history, or were so feared in their lifetimes. We’ve seen a Spartacus coin as part of the Great Commanders series – actually, it’s currently the entirety of that series – and the excellent Nizari Assassins is also a look at the real world, but most are firmly entrenched in the fantastical world of gods and beasts. This is a nice change.
It’s at this point that we usually say how much we like the design, the level of detail and relief, and the overall integrity of the coin. Well, we’re doing that again. A very dynamic look, tons of neat touches (heads in a bag for that post-slaughter evening of beer and bowling…), and impressive levels of well defined relief put this one up with the best of the mints output. Everyone will have their favourites, of course, and a quick look at our Thematic Guide to the range should give you a great idea at just how strong the competition is.
This is an early look and we don’t have obverse images yet, but as with prior issues, these renders give a great indication of the finished article. For those unfamiliar with the format, it’s a 2oz, rimless, 0.999 silver coin with an antique finish, issued for Niue, and with some subtle modifications, in this case the gilded sword. A beautiful release from Pela Coins for a subject I find fascinating. Shipping should commence around the end of October, and the mintage is set at 555 pieces.