It isn’t just the fictional world of H.P. Lovecraft thats getting the bullion coin treatment at APMEX as the US-based mega-‘dealer has also launched a very pretty new coin series based firmly in reality. ‘Icons of Inspiration’ will look at individuals that have stood tall in history, and who better to start with than an Italian scientist considered one of the greatest minds in history – Galileo Gallilei.
Gallileo is well known, even today, so a sensible choice for a coin, but that doesn’t guarantee success. What does is getting a top-level coin artist to do the design, and they’ve certainly done that with Joel Iskowitz. Outside of creating over 2,000 stamps for 40 different countries, Iskowitz is also a prolific and award-winning coin designer, spending many years at the United States Mint. His designs include several America the Beautiful coins, platinum American Eagle coins, and multiple gold First Spouse coins – indeed, over 50 coins and medals bear his work.
What he has done here is create a work that is well above the norm for a bullion coin. The image of Galileo at work, surrounded by his inventions and tools is absolutely outstanding. Fine detail abounds and the use of layered elements, even the orbiting planet ring in the background, is quite sublime. The obverse is equally brilliant. Said to be a muse, the female figure stands easily with others like Liberty, Britannia and Germania in inspiration and execution. We don’t normally expect much on the obverse of a bullion coin, so this came as a great surprise.
Issued for Niue, the coin comes in two formats. The 1oz 0.999 silver and a 1oz 0.9999 gold are classic fayre these days in the bullion market, and the low mintages of 10,000 and 100 pieces respectively are also not unusual, but nice numbers to see from a collectability perspective. A limited run of 100 proof silver coins is also on offer, 10 of which will have a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Iskowitz. The proof and the gold coin come boxed. A terrific first issue and a series that joins our top tier of ones to watch. Available now.