This coin struck us, not just for its very attractive design, and interesting subject, but for the exceptional application of colour. There’s an almost ethereal, metallic aspect to it that lifts it well above much of the competition. Relief is handled expertly, with the critter, the petals, and the water droplets, being raised above the lily pad background. The water drops, in particular, are a fine touch.
Often missed, but especially noteworthy in this case, is the highly polished coin edge, and raised rim. It just seems to suit the subject so well. The obverse has what looks to be a child’s sketch of a lily pond. Unusual, and a neat addition. As a one-ounce coin, this is one of the more affordable offerings in this launch, and we love that, of course.
While there’s nothing to suggest this is the first in a new series, we suspect it will be popular, and spawn one. The number of other subjects, from beetles and spiders, to frogs and lizards, leaves plenty of potential for further releases, and we hope that is indeed the case.