A coin producer that has managed to impress us greatly in it’s relatively short life releasing its own designs under its own name, the Germania Mint has forged a faux nation from the ancient world and carefully crafted a range of coins around it. Encompassing real historical figures, mythical beasts, and iconic flora, it nevertheless falls to that iconic numismatic trope, the national personification, to headline the concept.
Lady Germania appeared on the first Germania Mint coin in 2019 and was a huge hit. Fitting in perfectly with such classics as Britannia, Marianne, and Liberty (an association enhanced by the Allegories series), it gave us a figurehead around which the mint has built a whole world. It’s all quite clever, having multiple ranges and subjects all tied together into a coherent whole, aided by an obverse design that carries a distinctive bicephalous eagle consistently across all ranges.
This is the third issue in the core ‘Germania’ range. The first issue in 2019 was simple and elegant, followed in 2020 with an excellent piece showing her with an eagle landing on her arm that was chosen via online voting. This year is a packed work showing Lady Germania stawing on the prow of a wooden ship, just behind a decorative eagle, with her gown blown extravagently by the wind. The 1oz coin is beautiful, but it gets even more interesting from there. Rather than just keep that same design for the bigger variants, it is expanded into a wider view, so that every size increase incorporates more of the surrounding setting, until all is shown on the kilo variant. We’ve applauded the NZ Mint for doing something similar with a few of its ‘Classic’ coin series, having a small gold coin carry a crop of the 1oz silver artwork to make sure detail isn’t lost by trying to pack too much into a decreasing canvas size. A simple, but extremely effective idea. I’ve edited the four Germania videos into one so you can see it more clearly (my first video editing attempt, so be kind!!).
There are six variants in the 2021 entrant. The 2019 range consisted of four 1oz choices, and 2020 saw a 1kg silver added. For 2021, we also now get a 10oz silver, with the 1oz gold bullion giving way to a 2oz silver. It’s a very nicely chosen range of sizes, all with low mintages and some form of packaging and COA. This 2021 coin is a busier design, and we suspect the proof coins will be particularly pretty in eschewing the guilloche background that the bullion market has embraced for security reasons. A really attractive coin and one that will continue this series high reputation.