Rome-based coin dealer Powercoin, has launched a few coins of its own in the past, as some dealers occasionally do. Instead of taking the easy route however, Powercoin released some impressive technology-filled numismatics in a series called Ceilings of Heaven. Oval-shaped, antique-finished silver coins, the three designs each depicted one of the impressive Rennaissance ceilings that adorn some of the worlds finest interiors. Inset into each one was a nanochip, a small sliver of quartz etched with a micro-engraving of the ceiling itself. Featuring The Last Judgement from Florence Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, and Raphael’s Rooms, they really are worth seeking out.
Well now Powercoin are back, and in conjunction with industry favourites Coin Invest Trust, they’ve launched a coin that ably demonstrates the potential of the latters new SmartMinting technology. We’ve all seen how impressive a high-relief coin can be, but you do notice that the higher the relief, the harder it is to maintain fine detail in the strike. No such problems are evident here.
Hamsa, Hand of Fatima is a 2 oz fine silver coin struck to a very high-relief. Despite that, detail levels on both the background plane and the high points are quite exceptional. Take a good look at the reverse side image below. Notice how the fine detail runs right to the base of the sudden vertical rise in metal. That’s the kind of control it seems SmartMinting can bring to the table. Even the inscriptions are delicately struck and fine in detail. A blue Swarovski crystal, meant to represent protection from the ‘evil eye’, is embedded in the lower half of the reverse face
The subject of the coin is the old symbol called a Hamsa. Known by many names, unsurprising since it may date back to Phoenician times as old as 1500 BCE, here it’s called the Hand of Fatima. The Islamic form, it has different names in other religions and cultures such as the Hand of Miriam, it is named after the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. It’s extremely popular across the Middle East amongst many faiths, and has been used as a symbol of peace, something sorely lacking in the region. It’s depicted in both symmetrical and asymmetrical forms, the coin using the former where the two outer ‘fingers’ are of equal length. The five fingers are linked with the Five Pillars of Islam. It’s most commonly found as an amulet.
Shipping in September, the coin is up for pre-order now for €199.95. While we’ve yet to see pictures of them, the coin does come fully boxed with a Certificate of Authentivity. A unique subject and an impressive design, the coin will certainly appeal to those that purchased one of the Art Mints Mandala coins