Despite dying in 1886 at just 40 years of age, King Ludwig II of Bavaria left behind an incredible legacy of impressive castles and palaces, none more famous than the stunning Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for many a Fairy tale. Ludwig II oversaw the twilight years of Bavarian independence, as they became quietly subsumed by their larger Prussian neighbour in the new German Reich. He spent his time building three wonderful homes that remain massive attractions to this day.
AllCollect have chosen his three masterpieces, as well as his birthplace at Nymphenburg to adorn a set of four minigold (0.5 gram) proof coins. Each of the four is dedicated to one of the castles or palaces, offering an expansive view of the front facades – well, as expansive as you can get on an 11 mm diameter disc of metal… The set is issued to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Ludwig II’s birth and is a good look at his legacy considering the tiny canvas in use.
Issued for the Solomon Islands, and thus featuring the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, the coins are available only as a set and come presented in a neat box, with a very cool five-gram solid silver certificate of authenticity filled with details about the buildings. The mintage of the set is 2,020 and will be shipping in a month or two, obviously subject to change given the current state of the world.
Minigold coins remain popular, and while not great value on a per-ounce basis, they remain a relatively affordable way into gold coin collecting. AllCollect and CIT are probably the biggest users of the format, but even many of the big national mints regularly issue them now. We’ll look to increase our coverage moving forward.