I’d love to give you some understanding of the complex interplay between all the different deities in the Buddhist faith, but the different names and interpretations have defeated me. This is a deeply interwoven religion with a pantheon of deities quite different to those worshipped and respected elsewhere, but the many-handed figure is one better known than most.
Depicting the Goddess of Mercy with One Thousand Hands, the artist already has a striking vision to interpret and it’s fair to say they’ve done a simply sublime job on Precious Metal Collectors latest issue. This is a gorgeous coin, replete with details and complementary imagery. Octagonal in shape, an impressive piece of art. The attention to detail continues on the obverse, with depictions of the twelve zodiac animals surrounding the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II over a Yin yang symbol. Abutting each border facet of the coin is a ‘Bagua’ symbol, that represents one of the Eight Protectors making up this new series.
If you read about the Azure Dragon coin from PMC a few days ago, you’ll have some idea of what this coin is. They’re pretty unique in wrapping silver around a large copper core, allowing some truly expansive sizes without requiring bank-emptying levels of investment. Azure Dragon wrapped two ounces of silver around 8.5 ounces of copper to stretch out to 80 mm in diameter, yet retained strong high relief. This is on a whole other level. Five ounces of silver are used on a copper core weighing in at a hefty 28.5 ounces. Combined, this coin tips the scales at over a kilo and is a monumental 120 mm across.
What’s not to love here? Great design, huge size, a price around €750 (a fraction of what it would cost in solid silver) and a high quality strike. This is one of PMC’s ‘Order of the Spectres’ coins, so the Certificate of Authenticity will run sequentially from previous releases in the series. An unusual idea we’re not to sure about here, but it does tie different series together under a kind of ‘creator’ umbrella. The packaging of these release to date has been superb and we’d expect nothing less here. A really impressive issue and something quite different for a change. Available to order now, it should ship around the beginning of April.