The latest of the Mint of Poland’s flagship format coin series to debut is ‘Legendary Lands’, a numismatic journey through some of the more mysterious and outright fabricated of the world’s ancient civilisations. There’s no better place to start than the big daddy of them all, the lost city of Atlantis.
Despite being based on a book by the legendary 3rd century B.C.Athenian writer, Plato, who himself was recounting stories from millennia before his time, the tale of Atlantis still resonates today. Hardly a year goes by without a ludicrous claimant discovering the location of the fabled sunken city, but it’s all likely nonsense, no matter how much we’d love it to be true.
The coin depicts the classic view of the end of a cultured civilisation that was destroyed by earthquake/flood because it had displeased the gods. Classic Greco-Roman architecture abounds. A gilded statue breaks apart under the tumultuous torrent – the Kraken emblazoned on the shield a great little touch. The mother and child desperately trying to escape in the foreground is the main focus and the face is kept mercifully free of excess inscriptions – just the title present. Hardly any of the coin isn’t filled with detail.
The obverse is a wonderful piece and a pleasure to look at on a Niue issue usually filled with just the effigy of QEII. The scene is of the broken city on the seabed, overgrown with corals and swarmed with shoals of fish and a pair of cetaceans. It’s a clever idea to show the aftermath of the cataclysm, although how they will continue the concept with other entries moving forward remains to be seen.
As you would expect, the 500 mintage coin is supplied boxed with a themed sleeve and a Certificate of Authenticity. The serial number is engraved into the edge of the coin. It should ship early in April.