One of the best small series of 2019 was the Czech Mint’s outstanding Inventions of Leonardo. Four one-ounce silver coins portrayed some of the Renaissance masters incredibly forward looking inventions associated with flight and with blowing things up. This year has already seen a similar set, in gold as well, that focused on Notre Dame Cathedral, although that was sold only as a complete set. The mint has returned in 2020 with another set to be issued one at a time.
The nineteenth century was an age of wonder. The rise of industry and the wealth that came with it was a fertile breeding ground for many inspirational minds to bring innovative ideas to reality. This new series of 1oz silver coins looks at four of the most brilliant. Out now are a pair of rivals, one a gifted inventor, the other a man equally gifted in laying the fertile ground for invention, and of bringing it to market. Both are household names even today.
Tesla and Edison are as recognisable today as then, so their inclusion here was an obvious one. Coming in July will be Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and the father of the annual prizes, and September rounds out the set with Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the practical telephone. All told, a fine choice of individuals for this fascinating subject. But what of the coins themselves?
Each features a portrait, a name, and pictures of their most iconic inventions. They’re cleanly struck to a proof standard, so thankfully devoid of colour. Edison is shown with his phonograph, and Tesla with his striking Wardenclyff Tower, designed to wirelessly transmit power, but generally more widely known for looking cool… The common obverse incorporates the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with a selection of images showing various inventions of the quartet, Each coin comes neatly packaged in a very small box with a certificate, but most will want to pick up the themed tin that holds all four coins, and comes with a card filled with their portraits and signatures. We’re huge fans of these and wish more mints did something similar, especially when you consider they only cost €9.00 each. The first two coins are available to order now for €63.30 each.