As a coin producer, JVP have always been a little different. Producing some of the most extravagantly designed coins around, struck to the highest quality, they’re not afraid to tackle niche subjects. The passion for the company appears to be religious art going back many centuries and mining a staggeringly deep and rich vein of subject matter. This manifests itself in the companies World Heritage, and Orthodox Shrines series.
We’ve covered some of the Orthodox Shrines series before and in the main they’re richly finished and in a rectangular, often curved form. This new coin is from the World Heritage range and those are often even more imaginatively shaped and equally richly decorated, like the Plaque with Saint Peter in Glory that we covered quite recently. For this latest coin, JVP have gone with the clever decision to replicate the shape of the original piece of art. This was designed to sit in the middle of a fourteenth century Spanish altar cross with which it was only recently reunited by the British Museum after it’s donation in 2003. The museum has owned the cross since 1895, but the centrepiece represented by the coin was missing. There are images of the two lower down the article.
The coin at 47mm tall is actually similar in size to the original piece and is composed of gilded fine silver. Struck to a high relief and adorned with deep colouring, the coin isn’t actually flat on either surface as you can see in the video. The packaging is as beautifully done as usual, if a trifle gaudy, but it’s clear that if you’ve any interest in the subject matter, the coin isn’t going to disappoint.
It’s now available to order on JVP’s new website for €249.