While the greatest volume of coins in the antiqued, high-relief ancient world coin genre are produced by the Mint of Poland, followed some way behind in numbers, although certainly not in quality, by Numiscollect, there are still others issuing coins that can hold their own against these established presences. Although relatively new to the genre, Mint 21 have proven adept at bringing their own artistic style to market.
Following their Apocalypse issue, and the stunning Spartan Hoplite coin, the mint has focused its eye on Ancient China, a region garnering more attention of late after several years of a decidedly Eurocentric view. It’s a fascinating period in time, and comparatively unknown outside of China. Case in point is the third-century warlord Lu Bu.
Depicted on horseback, loosing an arrow at some foot soldiers, it’s a good close-up view of warfare at the time, at least how we imagine it today. It’s quite a different artistic style to the Mint of Poland issues and everyone will have their own preferences, but we’re glad the different styles are both available at all. We’d have moved the Lu Bu title to down between the horses legs perhaps, but other than that, this is crammed with some excellent detail, and the coloured landscape in the background makes a change from the usual – a nod to a visual style often seen in Chinese art..
Onto the obverse, and it’s quite gorgeous. We’ve seen dragon coins that don’t look as good as this on their main face, and even with the necessary effigy and issue details, it looks brilliant. It certainly helps that being a 3oz silver coin, the diameter has expanded to a nice 55 mm, giving plenty of space to bring the design to life, while maintaining the expected levels of high-relief that are needed to compete in this packed genre.
The mintage is capped at 500 pieces and the coin will come boxed with the usual certificate of authenticity. It should ship from the middle of November and seems to have debuted with a price around the €299.00 mark. You can pre-order one from Top World Coins, or from participating dealers now.