Back after a very successful debut last year, Germania Beasts continues with another of the iconic creatures populating the old Northern European myths and legends. It was the dragon Fafnir, that became an integral part of the composer, Wagner’s work, that featured on the 2021 coin, and for 2022, it’s the wolf, Fenrir. The wolf was a powerful figure in Norse mythology, sired by Loki, and prophesised to kill the god, Odin during Ragnarök. Because of this, he was bound, even biting off the hand of the god Tyr during the act.
On the coin, Fenrir is depicted chained and snarling. It’s a classic depiction, and a nice touch is the Nordic rune pattern on Fenrirs collar. As with Fafnir, the top half of Fenrir’s body is depicted on the reverse face, and the bottom half on the obverse. They’re designed in a way that lets the artwork flow from one to the other, forming a bigger, coherent image. It’s tricky to pull off on round coins, but they seem to have managed it very well, if not as perfectly as Fafnir, whose slim body at the cross-over point made it easier to pull off.
The base version is the one-ounce silver bullion round, which, despite its status, comes with a certificate of authenticity. It has a textured background and shiny relief, so similar to a reverse-proof finish, like bullion coins issued by the Perth Mint, for example. Both faces have minimal inscriptions, something we love here, and they’re all well-placed for minimum intrusion. This release ticks all the right boxes for us, with a well-balanced mintage (25,000), great design on both faces, and a fine quality of strike. We recommend getting hold of one of the dual-coin capsules and putting a pair of these in it. Available now.