Never let it be said that the minds behind South Korean producer, Coins Today’s ‘Stackable’ range of bullion, aren’t imaginative. From ancient Korean history, to outer space technology, via medieval Europe and modern pop-culture, this range has thrown up an eclectic selection of designs, almost all of them offering outstanding aesthetics, and production quality.
Their last offering was a simple effort, inspired by the new James Webb Telescope, and our favourite, replicating the shield of the French King, Henry II, was on a whole other level of complexity and detail, but the latest is yet another detour into something different – the age-old world of chess, and starting with that most humble of pieces.
What we have here, stylistically, seems to be a merging of chess iconography, with an almost medieval religious style that we’d associate with the great cathedrals of the age. The outline of the piece is vaguely shield-like, and the background detail strongly hints at the great rose windows of buildings like Notre Dame, for example. Overlaid on that is a boxed area, bordered with something akin to a Renaissance painting’s frame, in which a cross on a shield is displayed. Above it, is the outline of a classic chess pawn, infilled with tracery. The ‘obverse’ is a negative impression of the face, and the whole thing is curved horizontally.