One look at our guide to Numiscollect’s various myths and legends themed coin series will tell you they have an obvious talent when it comes to the genre, so it’s always of interest when a new series debuts. The stories being told this time around are equally fascinating, tales visualising the passage of the dead to the afterlife.
Kicking it all off are a pernnial favourite – the Vikings and wider Norse mythology. The Norse believed that those dying honourably in combat would get to drink and feast with the gods in the halls of Valhalla. To set them on their journey, high status individuals were set adrift in a longship, which was set ablaze. They were surrounded by objects to take with them, much like the Egyptians, no doubt a future subject for the series.
This is all depicted in the classic Numiscollect style, different to that employed by the Mint of Poland, looking more defined and precise, not better or worse, just different. It’s a really nice piece, with a small, but very well chosen bit of colour highlighting contrasting beautifully with the antique finish. The depiction of the longship funeral pyre hovers between realistic and stylised, and has a nice sense of layered depth to it.
The obverse is a wild mix of elements, showing us Valhalla at it’s most ambitious, complete with what looks like the legendary world tree ‘Yggdrassil’ in the background, along with the huge feasting halls and the Rainbow Bridge. It looks like the obverse will change for each issue, given how heavily Norse themed this one is.
Available to order now, this two-ounce, rimless proof coin has a mintage of 555 pieces and is boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity, of course. A fine example of the genre and a good start to an intriguing premise for a range of coins. If you want to check out Numiscollects various other ancient mythology coin series, we have a big visual guide to them and you can read it HERE.