The early signs of post-Covid19 (season 1) activity continue in the coin worldsancient world themed issues with the latest release from Numiartis. Producers, in collaboration with CIT/BH Mayer or the Mint of Poland, of some quite beautiful coins, including the Ares coin that arguably kicked off this new renaissance, a new debut is always something worth waiting for.
The latest coin features a subject we’ve seen before, but in a format that differs from the near ubiquitous two-ounce one that has come to popularise the genre since the Perth Mint launched Gods of Olympus over half a decade ago. Guan Yu is the first in a series called ‘Five Tiger Generals’, a theme from way back in China’s past that is still widely known today, and the big difference is an increase in weight to three ounces, as well as the employment of a ‘Black Proof’ finish in conjunction with the more traditional antiquing.
We’re fortunate to go live with images of an actual coin for a change, instead of the, admittedly pretty accurate ArtCAM renders. There’s no substitution for them, in our view, and you can see why. The coin looks quite exquisite, exhibiting tons of fine detail, despite some enhanced levels of high relief. The anatomy of horse and rider is outstanding, with an excellent use of perspective to enhance the sense of depth in the scene. Fortunately, they’ve kept the rimless style we like so much. The obverse, with its gilded Guandao’s (the bladed weapon said to have been invented by the General, hence the name), will likely be a common one to the series and is again, packed with Asian patterns, with Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy at the centre.
The coin will come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, and has a mintage of 500 pieces. It should be available for pre-order soon, with shipping later this year. A gorgeous release with a subtly different artistic style from many of those that have come before – a bit more traditional, perhaps reflecting the use of BH Mayer for the strike. We’re looking forward to seeing this series evolve.