We’ve seen a small increase in the number of miniatures/statuettes over the last few years, mainly with a range from the New Zealand Mint related to its various entertainment franchises (Disney, Star Trek, DC), and from Heads or Tales with a fine dinosaur selection (amongst others). We’ve even had the legendary Chiwoo Cheonwang get the treatment, but all have lacked one particular element that this debut release from the Mint of Gdansk has – legal tender coin status.
The statues themselves – there are two using the same design but with different weights – are the first in the producers ‘The Witcher’ franchise, which has already seen two coin releases to date, both struck by the Mint of Poland, but this is not only their first coin statue, but we also believe, the world’s first of its type. There will be twelve issues in total, running one per year until 2032, and where better to start than the main protagonist of the hit Polish saga ?
Called White Wolf, this is firmly based on the books, not the Henry Cavill fronted Netflix series, like the coins from this producer, it’s an extraordinarily well realised figurine. This isn’t just a few bits of detail scattered over areas of blank void, but every surface is instead seemingly packed with intricacy. We’re hugely impressed with what we see here, with even the five-ounce version holding up very well to the one-kilo behemoth. The armour, twin swords, the way the clothing looks natural, – perfectly done.
That attention to detail even extends to the gorgeous base. Again, they could have just gone with a bare disc, but obvious care and attention has instead been expended on something unique and complimentary. Under the base is cast-in the Niue issue details, along with the effigy of Elizabeth of Windsor. Mintages are 1,000 for the five-ounce, and just 100 for the kilo. An unexpected release, and a cracking debut. Future issues (schedule lower down) will include three more characters, with eight dedicated to different books in the bibliography. As good as this is, we reckon the best may be yet to come. One to watch.