It was less than two years ago that the fledgling Germania Mint burst onto the scene with its pretty Germania bullion round, and it wasn’t long after they moved into the numismatic realm with some fine proof and plated coins. Part of the Kurowski Group, they’ve developed an impressive talent for high quality gilding, colour and plating with various metals. Much of that expertise is on show with the Germania range.
The latest addition is also the start of a new series called Germania Beasts. The subject of this debut release is the dragon Fafnir, a tale from the Norse Saga’s, that also translated well into the old Germanic culture. Indeed, Fafnir was an integral part of the composer Wagner’s work. The character of Sigurd in the backstory below has his counterpart in Teutonic circles as Siegfreid.
The coin itself is a beauty, especially the 25,000 mintage one-ounce silver bullion round, which looks more extravagent than its more traditional rivals. Yes, we know the denomination is a faux one, but these are so close to the general coin market in every other respect, that we cover them here. The dragon on the reverse spirals around and when placed with the obverse of another coin above it, appears to flow from one face to the other. A nice touch that’s quite reminiscent of the South African Mints Big 5 bullion coin series. The Bicephalous Eagle that is a signature of the mints issues, is very well integrated into the obverse side. In our view, all the inscriptions on this one are perfectly placed to not impact the integrity of the overall design. A superb piece all round and, assuming premiums aren’t excessive, a no-brainer for the collector to pick up.
On the higher end front, there are two variants. The first, called Geminus, is a twin-pack of 1 oz rounds, one finished with a gilded dragon and ruthenium/palladium plating, the other with a reverse of that. This is a good way to see the two-coin, one image effect pretty well. Packaged in a gatefold box to make seeing this easy, just 500 sets will be produced. The second special is one employing a new finish called Chameleon, similar to the effect some automotive paints have, or even the old Mod suits of the Sixties, that ‘shimmers’ when moved. In addition, this one doubles up at 2oz in weight and has some impressive levels of high-relief. At 999 pieces, and beautifully presented in a themed acrylic frame with a pedestal, this looks to be a gorgeous and sinister piece – we love it.
We’ve been impressed in meeting them, just how much passion they have for the themed world they’re building in these numismatics. Germania had a history filled with powerful mythology and a very real history of beating back the seemingly unstoppable Roman Empire, so it’s a cool choice of theme and they’ve realised it impeccably to date, with their five ranges, including Germania, Allegories and now this one. Fafnir should start to ship around August time, barring any Covid-related delays.
UPDATED 11/07 – Geminus coin images revised to show both sides of both coins in the set