An unusual piece for todays catch-up of MDM releases, this is one of the producers many dabbles into the geometric dimensional coin genre – those coins that keep a basic geometric shape (cube, bar, pyramid, sphere, etc.), but dive head first into significant depth as well. It doesn’t get more dimensional than a cube and this is MDM’s second in this series, following a Marco Polo release last year.
The subject this year is considerably different to that one and can best be summed up as a homage to the world’s major bullion coins. One of the six faces of this coin are set aside for an obverse, in this case the coat of arms of Gibraltar, a beautiful piece of national symbolism, but the other five depict scenes clearly inspired by ten major bullion coins (well, nine and the Kiwi…), two per face.
The American Eagle and South African Springbok share a face, as do the instruments from the Austrian Philharmonic and the Mexican Libertad. The Kiwi and Kangaroo co-exist on one face, and the Chinese Panda and Russian St George on another. On the fifth face sits the British Britannia and the Canadian Maple Leaf. The pairings are well chosen given the wildly different symbolism on display, many looking as if they were made to be displayed together. Our compliments to the artist.
It’s a kilo of 0.999 silver, so not a bargain basement piece, but we can imagine the hardcore bullion collector with deep pockets would find much to admire here, and it would make a fine centrepiece for a displayed collection. Well presented, it has a mintage of just 199 pieces.