Last year, Italian coin dealer Powercoin debuted a pair of new designs produced by industry favourites Coin Invest Trust. The first was a cool look at the whole Guy Fawkes/Anonymous phenomenon, recently expanded with a second, even better coin. The other series showcases some of the worlds most beautiful and iconic statues. The first coin depicted a work from the end of the eighteenth century called Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by the artist Antonio Cavana.
Like the first coin, this one is struck in two ounces of fine silver, with all the extra weight going on thickness and not diameter. The advantage of this manifests in strong levels of high relief and when combined with CIT and BH Mayers proprietry SmartMinting technology, allows some quite impressive designs to be realised. This new Venus De Milo release is one such example.
The border of this coin is a fine example of an intricate strike, with tons of detail, and crisp edges. In the centre, standing prominently from the black proof background, is a representation of the iconic Venus De Milo statue. This is finished in the same marble-effect colour as the 2016 coin and makes a nice contrast to the dark shiny background. The border on the obverse is less detailed and of a lower level of relief, at one point interrupted by the well known shield emblem of Palau. The statue relief remains on a par with the reverse face, however, and features the back of the statue finished in the same way as the front.
Inscriptions are neat and unobtrusive, the date in Roman numerals remaining a nice touch. The coin comes in a good quality box and with a certificate of authenticity. Due to ship at the end of April, the coin will sell for around the $230 mark. It’s available from site sponsors Powercoin, First Coin Company, Pela Coins, and Coins Boutique.