Powercoin’s dark numismatic take on the fairy tales that emanated from medieval Europe continues with its third release in the Fear Tales series. It’s easy to forget just how disturbing many of these stories are, given how film studios like Disney have distorted our view of them with saccharin-coated movies and humour-filled adventure romps.
It fell to the Brother’s Grimm, possibly histories most appropriately named writers, to collate many of the old tales into something with mainstream appeal and it’s been a huge success, spawning countless works across multiple forms of media. The debut coin in this series featured Little Red Riding Hood, and it was followed in 2020 by The Little Match Girl. The latest issue showcases a classic – Hansel and Gretel.
The tale is well known, so let’s jump straight to the coin. As we alluded to earlier, this series is not about the kids version of Hansel & Gretel, but rather harks back to the much darker originals. The antique finish also holds areas of muted colour and the design manages to get in all of the elements of the base story – that of the luring of the children to the Gingerbread House. Rather than a warty old crone, the witch is depicted as a siren-like manifestation, almost vampiric in appearance. The obverse is the standard series one that has remained common to the series.
Packaging remains superb, with a book-like box holding the coin in keeping with the literary origins of the Grimm tales. It’s made of wood, is etched with themed styling and holds a neat certificate of authenticity. The hinging mechanism is also pretty cool. The mintage is capped at 500 pieces and it should be available to order from today, either directly from Powercoin or from many dealers worldwide, some of which can be seen at the Where to buy link below. A cool addition to a series reminding us of the darkness that inspired the light of childrens stories today.