Of the many Mint of Poland coins in their expansive ancient myths and legends range, few are actually released directly by the mint itself, and they often display a lower level of customisation than those issued by third parties. However, that doesn’t mean the coins are of a lower quality or level of ambition. As an example, we can look at the latest – Cyclops.
Taking the mints favourite two-ounce fine silver format, with a rimless strike, antique-finish and high relief, it ticks all the boxes that have made this genre so popular over the last half-decade. So, it all comes down to the design and this looks to be a good one. The Cyclops is one of the more striking figures in the ancient mythologies, interwoven with some of the most famous and fantastical stories in this expansive library.
The depiction here is of one of the giant creatures, possibly Polyphemus from Homers Odyssey, emerging from his cave lair, gilded club in hand, with the entrance adorned with the skulls of past victims. The scene is a nice summation of the popular image of the Cyclops and looks well realised, although the official images don’t seem to render the antique finish as well as the smaller press pdf pictures do.
Our earlier comment about a lower level of customising applies to the obverse. It’s a standard design for a Cameroon issued coin and lacks any extra integration into the theme, as is common on many of these designs. A shame, but not a deal-breaker. Presented in one of the mints latex ‘floating’ frames, on the whole, it looks to be a good release. The mintage is set at 500 pieces and it’s available to order now.