Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated on PMC’s new Bi-Metal Max shaped silver coin

One of the most admired of all the classic composers, Johann Sebastian Bach wrote over a thousand musical compositions, in a career that spanned the first half of the eighteenth century. Some of his works are now considered amongst the finest of all time, such as The Brandenburg Concertos, and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor. He wrote for the cello, the keyboard, the organ, and for vocals, as well as grand orchestral works. Truly a talented musician.

Precious Metal Collectors have a history with the musical world, most recently with the outstanding Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart bust-shaped coin, a part of their historical bust’s collection. While that was a traditional solid silver strike, PMC have returned to their impressive copper-cored ‘Bi-Metal Max’ technique for this one. As a result, despite looking like a fully silver coin, and containing only a solitary ounce of the metal, it reaches an impressive 120 mm in length, while maintaining a solid thickness.

It is a shaped coin, done to ape the note ‘b’, and is antique finished. The obverse has the composer’s signature struck into it, along with some musical notation. The reverse also has some notation, forming the composer’s name, as well as an image of the man at work. It’s all very well done, although we do prefer the bust series if we’re honest. The coin comes boxed with a C.O.A., and is available to order now.


Uniquely-shaped pieces always bring more style with them, and this piece of art that is created in the shape of the musical note “b” is the perfect way to display the image of Johann Sebastian Bach. Arguably one of the most famous German composers, Bach was a Baroque composer who is famous for Mass in B minor, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and more. Western performers of classical music are particularly drawn to works by Bach because of their counterpoint, harmonic, and motivic organization. Bach’s works are seen as being related directly to the worship of God as well as the enjoyment of music. The four-part harmony that Bach’s pieces often include is highly memorable, and it is one of the things that his works are best known for.

One of the first composers to hide messages in his work was Bach himself, where he had his letters in the family surname spelled out a musical phrase, B-A-C-H, now known as the BACH Motif. Bach, who had a penchant for including symbolism in his music, famously used this as the start of the last subject in the final, unfinished movement of his crowning work for organ, The Art of Fugue. For a lifelong composer, performer, and music teacher — who had written over 1,000 musical compositions — to include this in one of his final works can be considered something of a musical signing-off.

DENOMINATION 5,000 Francs CFA (Chad)
COMPOSITION 31.1 g of 0.999 silver over 5.6 oz copper
DIMENSIONS 42.0 x 120.0 mm
FINISH Antique