Eschewing this producer’s innovative Bi-Metal, copper-cored technique, this is a big, chunky, and quite traditional strike in ten ounces of fine silver. That certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t pushing some boundaries, however. The coin is concave on the reverse face, and holds a very dynamic scene of Ares in battle, clad in bronze armour, atop a mound of fallen Greek warriors. Two of his sacred animals are in attendance, the vulture, and a wild dog. A brutal and chaotic scene.
As a true domed coin, that means the obverse is convex, and in a neat piece of design, PMC have utilised that fact to depict a stylised Greek round shield, called an ‘aspis’. A fine design, it’s been enhanced, just like the reverse face has, with a splattering of red enamel ‘blood’. It isn’t a new idea, but we’ve rarely seen it done as well as here, and it makes a great contrast to the antique finish.