Not one of the most high profile series from the Mint of Poland, these coins are sports-themed. Unlike most sets from this mint, this one is quite loosely put together, carrying a similar basic design but differing in weight and release date. It also seems focused more on sporting events than on the sports themselves.
First to launch back in 2014 was a troy ounce silver coin celebrating the FIFA World Cup in 2014. A clever design saw a circle of flags around the outside edge of the reverse face, one for each of the participating countries. The inside and cleanly struck artwork showed a ball with a rapturous crowd across it in silhouette, formed from frosted and proof finish elements. A nice piece, it doesn’t appear to have been an officially licenced coin, carrying no FIFA logo and alluding to, rather than outright depicting the tournament. The standard Niue/QEII obverse is common to the whole series.
After an empty 2015, the mint has decided to resurrect the design style and continue it in their more traditional 17.5g silver coin format for 2016. First out was a coin for the 2016 European Handball Championship, held in Poland ironically. Carrying over the flag pattern around the outside and the silhouette over the ball on the inside, it’s quite a decent, dynamic design. Apart from the format, and even though weight dropped from 31.1 grams down to 17.5, the diameter remained the same at 38.61 mm, the only other real change was a slash in the mintage from 2,222 down to just 500.
The latest coin depicts the just completed European Football Championship, known as Euro 2016. We like this one a lot. The silhouetted players over the ball and the Eiffel Tower, leave no doubt about which tournament is being marked. Again, this doesn’t appear to be an official coin, the Monnaie de Paris doing the honours there with a nice range. Its format matches the handball coin, as does the mintage.
A nice set of designs for the sporting collector. There’s no news yet on an Olympic coin, or of any more in the series, but we’d be suprised if no more appeared. Packaging is well done as you can see. All are available now.