Around this time last year, European coin producer Modern Numismatics International (MNI), debuted an excellent coin depicting the Roman Colosseum, and did so in an unusual way. At first glance the coin was a standard, cleanly-struck proof piece with a design showing the Colosseum as it is now, but when the coin was moved, a holographic representation of the pieces missing today, but present in antiquity at the time of construction, appeared. A popular piece, the coin wasn’t particularly expensive, and the mintage was quite tight at 3,000 units.
Fast forward to this year and MNI have launched a second coin featuring this technology and using the same theme. For 2016, the Parthenon on the Athens Acropolis is the subject in question and in most respects it’s similar to the 2015 coin. There are a couple of important differences however. Firstly, the coin is now issued for the Solomon Islands, not Niue, although we’re sure that will be of little concern to collectors, and secondly, the basic shape is no longer round but rectangular, something that seems better suited to the shape of the Parthenon that a round would be.
We were fortunate, thanks to the guys at MNI, to obtain a prototype coin so we could take some actual images of it, so what you see here is an actual coin and not artwork. There are no obverse images as the prototype didn’t have one (usual Queens head, so not an issue), but in other respects this is pretty much a finished item. The strike was very defined and the holographic effect strong and well placed. All in, a fine looking coin with well placed and designed inscriptions, creating a focused, unfussy look that works very well. Packaging can be seen in the video (as can the obverse) and like last years, is of a good quality, although not particularly themed for the release itself.
Struck in an ounce of fine (0.999) silver by Swiss masters PAMP, the coin is available to pre-order now and should ship in the next couple of weeks. It’s available from multiple dealers like Powercoin, APMEX, Minted-UK and Numiscollect.
Minted-UK have given us an offer of 7% off with the code AGAUNEWS07 with the purchase of the coin, or if you buy this one and last years Colosseum coin, AGAUNEWS10 will get you 10% off both.