Two new designs from the Mint of Poland’s expansive mythology range mark the start of series looking at China’s long past. One delves into the realms of mythology, and one into the far more interesting true historical record. Both employ the mints signature 2oz silver, ultra high relief format and both have a mintage of 555 pieces.
First up, and the one we have better renders of, is the debut ‘Four Heavenly Kings’ coin. A legend more of Buddhism than China alone, these are the four gods tasked with protecting the four regions based on the major compass points. Duowentian is the Protector of the North and the leader of the four. It’s an action-packed design for sure, with hardly a single part of the coin face not filled with interesting details, from the building in the background, to the figure of Duowentian himself, laden with neat touches. This one bodes well for the rest of the series and looks like one to watch.
Secondly, we have the Second Century figure of Zhuge Liang. While this series is billed as ‘Famous Chinese Warriors’, the truth is Liang was much more than that – a warrior more of the mind than the body. Despite that, dragon imagery permeates the design, filling the background and completely surrounding the man himself. This one is also fully jam-packed with detail, but the face-on image is an earlier render than the other coin, so does a less able job in showing it off. China has a rich early imperial history, despite the efforts of the CCP over the last 70 years to subdue it, so it’s great to see it mined for new inspiration.
Both coins should be available to pre-order now, with the Four Heavenly Kings coin shipping in April, and the Zhuge Liang coin in May. Both are distributed by Pela Coins. Two great new issues, but you’d expect nothing less in this genre these days.