The cause of much frustration with collectors of the Mint of Poland’s now iconic 2oz ancient world coins, Zhao Yun was a beautiful coin that was only distributed within China, although we noticed a few slipping out to some Western dealers after the fact. Very difficult to get hold of on release, for the obvious reasons, it was the first in a series looking at Chinese Warlords from the first few centuries AD.
Depicting Zhao Yun on horseback carrying a spear with a gilded tip (you can see the coin much lower down), it was a gorgeous piece with a first class use of perspective. We’re glad to say that the second issue is equally well realised, and sad to say it is again, limited to China. The visual style is clearly tightly linked to the first coin and the subtle use of gilding for the spear-tip is well chosen. An action-packed background rounds out a first-class piece of art.
The subject this time around is Lyu Bu, the same as that of the recent Mint21 issue, but like all coins from that producer, it has its own distinct visual style. A third century warlord known for switching allegiance from a Ding to a Dong (here in England, a ding-dong is slang for a fight, ironically), it’s another figure from a region of the world and a period in time, which is rich with interesting stories and enigmatic characters. We like this increased look at Asian ancient history – Korea, China, Japan, etc. – as it’s distinctly different from the more common European mythology that has adorned numerous coins over the last half-decade.
The obverse is a common one to the series, but it’s worth mentioning that although it’s a Niue coin with the requirement to carry the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the mint has gone to great pains to fully theme out this face – quite successfully, we might add. Packaging is a wooden box with a themed sleeve, and there is a Certificate of Authenticity which will tell you which of the 500 mintage you have. While we just have the ArtCAM renders at present, we’ve yet to be disappointed in the transition from this to reality with Mint of Poland coins in this genre. A superb addition to this field of numismatics. Distributed by Pela Coins. We’ll add this one to our Thematic Guide to these issues, which we’re sure you’ll find very interesting.