After recently expressing sadness at the wrapping up of Germania Mint’s ‘Allegories’ bullion series, we’re back doing the same for their pretty ‘Mythical Forest’ series as well. The mint has done a top job crafting out a world based around the historical region of Germania, with multiple interwoven series of bullion coins, along with some higher-end numismatics. However, it looks like 2023 is going to be a transitional year, but whether that means new facets of their world creation, or something entirely new, remains to be seen.
Mythical Forest was the nature series, likely inspired by the success of the Royal Canadian Mint’s iconic Maple Leaf coin, but taken to the next level. Rather than focus on a single tree, this series worked its way through the different species found in a typical Northern European forest, so we’ve had Oak, Chestnut and Linden tree leaves previously, and the series finale features the Beech, a beautiful tree with a huge domed canopy, that can attain heights of 40 metres.
The same base look, of course, but each leaf is quite distinct, and the beech is no exception, adding one of its flowers off to one side. The striking guilloche background returns, as does that super bicephalous eagle on the obverse. It all looks as good as ever for this under-rated series. As before, the bullion range consists of just a single one-ounce silver coin of 0.9999 fineness, with a 25,000 unit mintage.
In addition, there are gold and silver proof variants of the same weight and basic design, although eschewing that swirling dot background for a mirror proof finish. Numbers are limited to just 100 and 500 respectively, and all are boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. A real shame to see the series end. The variety of suitable trees is limited, of course, but perhaps bringing animals into the mix, like the bison and the boar, might have been a way of extending it. Still, we’re glad this really nice series exists, and it’s gone out at the same high standard it started at. Available to order now.