Despite the burgeoning size of the ancient mythology genre in modern numismatics, the pantheon of gods from the Indian subcontinent is quite under-represented. That’s quite an anomaly given they’re full of fascinating tales and esoteric characters – the equal of those found anywhere else – and India itself loves the precious metals. The Mint of Poland has recently stepped into this pond, although they were beaten to the punch by CIT Coin Invest who, for the second year running, are issuing one of their impressive dimensional coins.
Last year saw the issue for Mongolia of a 3oz Shakyamuni Buddha dimensional coin that presented the seated deity in gilded silver, and this year CIT have followed that with Lord Ganesha, albeit now coming from the Cook islands. The basic style and specification remain the same, but there’s a clear increase in the quality and quantity of high-relief detail on this years effort, perhaps an indicator of the maturing of the smartminting technique.
Ganesha is a striking looking deity. Elephant-headed and covered with adornments, Ganesha appears to be a tougher subject to pull off, but pull it off they certainly have. Also gilded, this is a fine example of just what dimensional smartminting is capable of. The coin is flat on the back, which carries all the issue details you would expect to find on a typical obverse face.
Neatly packaged and available to order now, just 501 will be struck and it comes nicely boxed and with a certificate of authenticity. If you like the dimensional nature of the coin but not the subject, CIT, and Numiscollect, have other coins of equally high quality that are well worth checking out.