The latest in Precious Metal Collector’s huge ‘Bi-Metal Max’ range of copper-cored art coins is now available to order, and features John Collier’s well known ‘Lady Godiva’ as its subject. For those unfamiliar, ‘Bi-Metal Max’ is a process whereby a silver skin is wrapped around a centre mass of copper. This results in a coin that looks no different from a fully silver one, but is far cheaper. In this particular case, just two-ounces of silver, used as a skin for around fifteen times as much copper, results in a coin of a huge 145 x 110 mm in size, which is thick as well, yet retails for around €400.
For the fine-art aficionado, these are superb coins. The size allows for a detailed reproduction of the original painting, complete with the texture usually missing from coloured coins of usual dimensions. This is the fifth direct reproduction of a painting produced in this format (plus one inspired by Shan Shui art), but only the second to include a gilded frame struck into the design, It looks well done, although we preferred them without.
The obverse, also for the second time, includes a banknote-style mix of a painting snippet, portrait of the artist, and issue details, also with a gilded frame. The coin is issued for the African state, the Republic of Chad. We’ve seen a couple of the earlier, antique-finished ones of these, and they’re quite superb. The presentation is very well done, and the item as a whole is perfect for the art lover. Like the original art, whether this particular issue is appealing is a matter of taste. We suspect the 888 mintage will find plenty of happy buyers. Available to order now.